The aao recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7

Pediatric Dentists Recommend Two Cleanings/Exams A Year

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Baby teeth are vital to your child’s smile!

Questions & Answers

The Importance of Primary Teeth

Why are primary teeth important?

Primary teeth play a vital role in your child’s oral health and development. Here are a few of the ways in which baby teeth help your child:

  • Facilitating speech production and development
  • Facilitating proper jaw growth
  • Aiding in good chewing habits, digestion and nutrition
  • Holding the place for permanent teeth and facilitating proper spacing and alignment
  • Boosting self-confidence from having a healthy smile

What happens if a baby tooth falls out too early?

If baby teeth fall out too early, our pediatric dentist can provide a space maintainer or other oral appliance to help keep the space open and allow the permanent tooth to erupt more easily in the future. If this space is not held, the surrounding teeth may become misaligned, leading to incorrect tooth eruption, greater risk of cavities, and a misaligned bite and increased need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

When do teeth erupt?

The first primary teeth erupt between the ages of 6 months and 1 year. By age 3, most children have all 20 primary teeth. Children typically lose their baby teeth in the same order that the teeth erupted, beginning with their front teeth and moving back towards their molars. Baby teeth will typically start to fall around age 6 or 7, with the permanent teeth coming in between ages 6 and 12. After all the primary teeth have been replaced, children usually grow four additional permanent molars between ages 12 and 14. Wisdom teeth come in last and usually need to be removed. By age 21, the average person has 32 permanent teeth, 16 in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw.

The Importance of Primary Teeth


Your child’s primary teeth play an important role in their oral and overall health as they grow, and our pediatric dentist and team love helping your child learn how to care for their teeth! Our pediatric services are designed to care for baby teeth as well as permanent teeth, and we will work with you and your child to create treatment plans that meet their needs as they develop. We welcome you to call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces today to learn more about the importance of primary teeth and schedule your child’s appointment.