Stages of Tooth Development
There are 20 primary or deciduous teeth. The first teeth to erupt through the gums at 5-8 months are the lower central incisors. The last to erupt are the second upper molars at about age 2 years.
Between ages 6 and 12 primary teeth are lost and replaced by permanent teeth.
By age 6-7 years, the 1st molars (6th- year molars) have fully erupted; the lower central incisors have nearly fully erupted and the upper central incisors are moving down into the empty sockets.
By age 8 years, all permanent incisors have erupted; 20 permanent teeth have replaced 20 primary teeth, and the 12-th year molars (1st and 2nd molars) have erupted. The canines, 2nd premolars and 2nd molars are not fully erupted.
By age 12, 28 permanent teeth are in place. The last 4 teeth, the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) may erupt at any time after this, or not at all.
Children’s Dental Care
Children should begin attending bi-annual checkups by age one or when their first tooth erupts from the gum line. Digital X-rays or photos may or may not be taken at their first visit. During the oral exam your dentist will observe the developmental aspect of your child’s teeth and what affect they may have on your child’s oral health or airway.
During your child’s visit, teeth will be assessed for early signs of decay. Sometimes, instead of placing a filling, your dentist may recommend dental sealants and/or flouride treatment as preventive measures to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
Call us today at (586) 574-3050 for any questions you may have related to your child’s dental health and to arrange a visit.