Dental Care for Whipper-snappers

Different parents freak out about different aspects of the responsibility that comes with raising children, and one of the things that some parents freak out about more than others is dental care for their children. Some begin worrying about it long before their children have any teeth of which to speak, but of course, oral hygiene is impeccably important. There are many things to know that might put a parent’s mind at ease with regard to frightening concepts like tooth decay or college tuition, and herein lie answers to the former.

Premature Concerns

It may seem particularly premature to some that others might worry about their children’s teeth before any have even formed; however, several facets of development do occur before you notice anything. For example, the teeth themselves actually begin forming prior to birth, believe it or not, and the wellness of the mother during pregnancy as well as the fewer the complications during said pregnancy are indicators of whether or not the teeth develop properly from the start. For the most part, this depends on the mother’s diet or, rather, the balance thereof. Mom, you’ve got to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need and then some because this baby is leeching as much as possible from you, and if the baby can receive a nutritious diet through you, then the baby’s teeth will develop just fine.\


From one child to the next, it can be quite variable when to expect the teething to begin, but as a general rule, we expect teething to start around the six-month mark. From there, your child should ideally be pushing teeth through his or her gums at a rate that gives him or her all twenty primary teeth by age 3. At around that age, the child’s jaw should be filled to capacity with the primary teeth, and it should be between ages 6 and 11 that he or she should be replacing all those teeth with adult teeth. To be clear, they should lose those teeth between the ages of 6 and 11, so don’t panic if, by your child’s 11th birthday, he or she still has several adult teeth yet to break the gums.

Around age 6, though, what you can expect to happen besides just the start of teeth growing in is that specifically the molars are most likely to breach first. That’s not necessarily the case for all children, but the molars typically come first due to there being an open space for them. In other words, there are no teeth to lose before getting the molars, and that space the molars occupy was not present in the infant jaw.

Early Trips to the Dentist’s Office

When your child is about 6 months old, it’s a good time to have a discussion with his or her pediatrician about whether or not he or she is developing properly. When it comes to the jaw specifically, this is the age at which a physician can determine whether or not the child is likely to have any of the foreseeable dental problems. If they want to be especially thorough about it, though, they may very well look at the mother’s teeth to study how they developed as a means of gaining perspective on the development expected for her child.

The most common question when it comes to child dental care, of course, is how early should a child’s visits to the dentist’s office actually be. Truth be told, the experts today make the conjecture that parents should be taking their children in for their first visits between 6 months and a year old, which is likely a lot sooner than many parents anticipated. Experts do recommend this, though, because it is the best way to get ahead of dental problems that might prove somewhat costly to fix down the road. Plus, there’s always the possibility that the earlier you take your child to the dentist the less likely he or she is to be scared of visiting the dentist’s office.

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