This might come as a surprise to most people: the teeth of a child start to develop very early during pregnancy. “But why can’t we see them when a baby is born”? You might ask. Beneath the fragile looking, pink and bare gum of a baby is an army of the buds of teeth waiting for the right time to be deployed to take part in the real action.
How the teeth come out
The first set of a baby’s teeth is usually seen when a baby is around five to six months old. It is at this point that the deciduous teeth push through the baby’s gum. The very first teeth to come out are the incisors. They are at the center of the jaw, and their primary use is for cutting.
The second set of teeth to erupt are the first molars, and this is quickly followed by the canines, then the second molars. By the time a child reaches three years old, they have a full set of 20 deciduous teeth. The baby teeth, however, act just like “placeholders” for the permanent teeth, which don’t erupt until a child reaches age six or 7 when the roots of the baby teeth dissolve, and the teeth fall out.
Among the 32 permanent teeth, the first to come out are the molars, which come at six years of age. The incisors closely follow these, then the canines, followed by the cuspids, and lastly both the second and the third molars.
This process starts from the time a child is either six or seven and might go on to the early twenties. The last set of the teeth to grow in any person are the third molars also known as wisdom teeth. There are times wisdom teeth may not develop properly, or they may fail to grow entirely because of the shape of the gum. When this happens, they need to be checked by a dentist to avoid bacterial infections occurring.
Immediately when a baby’s teeth start erupting, appointments with a dentist should be scheduled so that the little one gets adequately checked.
Protect your little ones with these 5 simple tricks!
As the baby eats food rich in calcium, teeth slowly form around the buds, and by the time a child is between five to six months old, you start seeing the initial formation of the teeth. Calcium is essential during this stage in a baby’s life because it helps harden the teeth. Use these tips to protect them through this process:
- Softly wipe their gums with a wet washcloth after each feeding.
- As soon as they sprout their first tooth start brushing with water.
- Make sure they are done feeding and gums are wiped down before they fall asleep.
- Make sure the pacifier is always clean.
- Avoid sugar liquid exposure.
The most important thing, however, is regularly visiting the dentist to know the best way to take care of our teeth.