Growing Up and Growing Teeth

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Because they have never done it before, kids are not used to growing up. Losing, growing, and taking care of teeth can be scary for them, but you can teach them that it is a good and healthy experience. After all, as a full grown adult, you have lost all of your primary teeth or baby teeth and you understand what is happening to their teeth. Do you understand, though, what is happening under the gums? Do you know the baby teeth grow and fall out or how to take care of them?

One uncommonly known fact is that infants are actually born with their primary teeth. They have not emerged from the gum, but are fully intact under the gumline. When their body is ready to move on from infantile milk, the teeth begin moving from the gums. It usually begins with the lower front incisors (the central-front-bottom teeth), then the upper front incisors, and then the teeth proceed to grow one by one from the center to the back of the mouth. The molars are the last teeth to grow. Usually, all 20 primary teeth have come in by age 3. Make sure to brush their new teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and pediatric toothpaste every day.

Under the primary teeth, the permanent teeth are growing under the gumline, and begin to dissolve the roots of the primary teeth. The primary teeth loosen and around age six or seven, the mouth decides that it is time to grow up. The teeth usually fall out in the order they came in and will be loose for a while before they are lost.

When the permanent teeth begin growing in, you might want to start using adult toothpaste. To find out if you should, make an appointment with Smile Wright Dental and ask Dr. Amber N. Wright and ask her about it. You can schedule an appointment by calling 937-322-5437.