If you are a parent or caretaker, you should know how your child’s mouth develops. Not only will this help you care for your child and their dental health, but it can also help you catch problems earlier on. If you’re interested in learning the basics on how your child’s mouth develops, keep reading! We’ll tell you when to expect them to lose their first tooth, along with when they might need to begin orthodontic care.
Did you know that your child’s mouth begins to develop when they’re in the womb? Stanford Children’s Health explains that there are four main stages in the development of a child’s mouth.
No two kids are alike, and everyone experiences growth at different rates. However, there are average ages where developmental milestones happen. For many babies, teeth will begin to develop between the ages of 6 months to 1 year old. Usually, the first teeth to appear are the lower front teeth. By the age of 3, most children will have all of their baby teeth.
Healthy Children by the American Academy of Pediatrics lists a timeline of when babies will develop certain teeth, and the ages they typically lose them by:
You want your child to have a smile they’re confident with, but you don’t want to start orthodontic care too early. The purpose of orthodontic care is to give a smile that functions properly, where the teeth and straight and the jaw is in correct alignment. As we said before, every child’s mouth develops differently. However, a child should have an orthodontic evaluation by the time that they are 7 years old. If they will need orthodontic treatment, this is the perfect time to decide on a game plan for when all of your child’s permanent teeth finally come in.
At Mountain Aire Dentistry, our team offers FastBraces. If your child’s teeth are crooked and crowded, this is a great option to help correct their smile. Additionally, it can help correct irregularities in the alignment of the teeth and jaw, correcting problems such as:
We know that you want the best for your child, and so do we. Dr. Robert Berry is a family and cosmetic dentist who can help you or your child, no matter their age. With experience you can trust, Dr. Berry will provide you with a level of care that you won’t find anywhere else in Colorado. Make an appointment with us today by calling (303)-731-7755.