Usually, your baby’s first primary tooth will erupt when they are about six months old. Typically, by the time your child is two and a half years old, he or she will have a full set (about twenty) primary teeth. These teeth are extremely important because they:
- Keep space open for permanent teeth
- Support facial structure
- Help children learn to speak clearly
- Support good nutrition because children will sometimes reject food when it is too hard to chew
Of course, your child’s baby teeth can’t last forever. In fact, if your child’s baby teeth don’t fall out, they could stop your adult teeth from erupting or even cause your teeth to come in crooked. If your child’s baby teeth aren’t erupting, we recommend visiting a dentist. They can help you develop a plan to help you meet your unique needs.
Sometimes, your child’s baby teeth will fall out on their own, but on other occasions, a parent or dentist may need to intervene. However, if you have to pull a tooth out, please be careful. When your child’s tooth starts getting lose, their adult tooth is growing. This means that the roots of the primary tooth are being reabsorbed, leaving it without roots. That means that once the adult tooth is ready to erupt, only a little tissue will be holding the baby tooth in place. When this happens, pulling your little one’s tooth is usually painless. However, if pull too hard or too early, the root might not be gone yet. Pulling while the root is still intact can cause discomfort.
Do you have more questions about caring for—or removing—your child’s baby tooth? If so, please feel free to contact us today. We’re excited to hear from you soon.