At Advanced Dentistry of Long Island we are your family’s partner in oral health whether it’s monitoring the development of your children’s first teeth, a routine checkup, or a more personalized procedure. We even have patients today who had their first dental check-up right here in our Woodbury, Long Island office, and now their own kids are patients, too!
As parents, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the development of your children’s teeth. In fact, your baby’s teeth will begin forming while still in the womb. If you’re an expectant mom we encourage you to eat lots of foods that contain calcium, phosphorus, and the vitamins C and D – these are important building blocks for healthy teeth for both you and your baby.
4 STAGES OF TOOTH DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN
There are 4 stages of development in your child’s tooth structure:
Stage 1: Begins six weeks after the egg is fertilized. This is when the basic substance of the teeth begins to form.
Stage 2: Begins three to four months into pregnancy when the hard tissue surrounding teeth begins to grow.
Stage 3: Begins soon after your baby is born when the teeth begin to break through the gums.
Stage 4: Begins when your child loses his or her baby teeth and new adult teeth begin to grow in their place.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRIMARY TEETH IN CHILDREN
Many patients call our office worried because they are concerned that the development of their child’s primary teeth is not following a normal pattern. However, every child is unique and every baby’s teeth form at a slightly different pace. We have seen one-year-old toothless wonders and children of only 6 months old with full sets of choppers, too!
However, by 33 months, most children have a full set of baby teeth. Interestingly, research indicates that girls’ teeth tend to grow faster than boys’!
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERMANENT TEETH IN CHILDREN
Most kids begin to lose their baby teeth around the age of six and the process continues until about 12 years of age.
If you have concerns about the development of your children’s teeth, please feel free to call the office at 516-921-8010 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. We encourage you to bring your child in for a visit after his or her first few teeth appear, to make sure that everything is developing as it should.
We look forward to meeting your little one!