As soon as a baby’s teeth develop, care for them should begin by brushing the teeth regularly.
Babies’ teeth usually start developing when they are still in the womb. The first teeth, sometimes known as deciduous teeth or milk teeth, usually start emerging from the gums at the age of about 6 months. This is known as teething.
By the time many children have reached the age of 30 months, they usually have their full set of teeth. There are 20 teeth in a full set of teeth.
Permanent teeth will start appearing as the child grows older. There is a total of 32 permanent teeth in an adult.
It is in the jaw where permanent teeth develop. They develop by pressing on the roots of the first teeth so that when these first teeth fall out, the adult teeth replace them. This process, which begins at around age 6, is called exfoliation.
By the time a child clock 13 years of age, most of the permanent teeth are already visible. However, the wisdom teeth that are normally located at the back of the mouth do not develop until the child’s teens or early 20s.
Once a permanent tooth is damaged or has to be removed, it will never grow back. It is for this reason that children must be thoroughly educated on how to properly take care of their teeth while they are still young.
Caring for your child’s teeth
It is never too early for your child’s teeth to be affected by tooth decay. Therefore, as soon as the child’s teeth appear, start cleaning them. See Dental care recommendations to find out how you can do this.
When your child observes good oral hygiene, he or she will carry these habits into his or her adult life. Should you have any concerns about the development of your child’s teeth and the overall dental health, speak to your dentist.