Your child’s teeth begin to develop as early as during the pregnancy. When the baby teeth erupts the permanent teeth already exists underneath the gum inside the jawbone. The first baby teeth usually appear when the baby is between 1/2 and 1 year old. It’s usually one of the front teeth which first become visible. When your child turns 3 years the majority of the 20 milk teeth should be out. Milk teeth are important for the child to chew with up to 12-years. They are also important as guides for the new permanent to easier make them fit into their right place.
Around 6 years, the first permanent tooth shows. Soon your child begins to lose their baby teeth to make room for the permanent teeth. When the permanent teeth start to erupt it presses on the milk tooth roots so that they disappear. Finally the tooth is so loose and only supported by the gum that it easily can be taken / or falls out. Girls are usually earlier than boys during the mixed dentition period. At 14 years of age, there shall be fourteen teeth in each jaw. The last tooth to appear is the final molar or “wisdom tooth”, usually between age of 18 and 26. It´s important to remember that there is a big difference when it comes to tooth development. It differs not only between girls and boys, but it can also vary within the family.
How should I care for my child’s teeth?
To teach your children good habits regarding their teeth is amongst the most important thing you can do. Both with a good diet as well as brushing their teeth. As soon as the first tooth appears, start brushing your child’s teeth two times a day.
We recommend that you continue to brush them up to the child is around 9 years old, and then you continue to supervise the brushing for a few more years.
Sometimes the teeth can appear in the “wrong” position or it has been moved due to thumb-sucking or similar habits. When your child starts getting their permanent molars you can book a check with our orthodontist to see how we can correct these teeth.