Especially in this day and age of technology always on us, it is easy to track milestones. When it comes to your child, you have probably been checking off the big milestones: first laugh, first word, first step, first day of school, etc. These bunch of ‘firsts’ are not the only milestones your children can achieve. We have a list of four smile milestones (smilestones?) that you can keep track of as your child gets older. Dr. Black and his team at Children’s Dental can help you keep your child’s smile on track.
#1: Eruption of Baby Teeth
Baby teeth are also known as primary teeth as they are the first set of teeth to erupt from the gums. The first trip to the dentist is tied closely to this milestone because you should take their child to the dentist after the first tooth emerges. Taking good care of primary teeth help set up a good home for the permanent teeth following closely behind.
#2: Tooth Fairy Visits
Typically, a child loses their first tooth around the age of 6 years old. Tooth loss will start in the front of center of the smile. Over the years between 6 and 12 (typically), all of the teeth will be lost from the smile to make room for the next teeth. In the early years of tooth loss, your child may still be leaving a lost tooth under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy.
#3: Adult Teeth Emerge
As primary teeth are starting to fall out, the adult teeth begin to emerge. The timing of these two things will overlap. An overlap between having primary teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth can make taking care of the teeth a more difficult task.
#4: Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars because they do not usually erupt after the primary and secondary teeth. Wisdom teeth can cause problems for some people. If wisdom teeth become problematic for a smile, an extraction may become necessary.
Visit the Dentist
How many of these milestones have your children already passed? To schedule a consultation call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.