Primary teeth, also known under the names “baby teeth” and “deciduous teeth”, are the very first set of teeth that develop in any child’s mouth. The initial development process actually begins inside the Mother’s womb around the second trimester. However, a child’s primary teeth will not break the gum line until around six months to one year after birth.
Children will typically have a fully functional set of teeth by the time they reach kindergarten, or 5-7 years old. Sometimes children have a set of 20 teeth by the time they reach the age of 3. While the front four teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that infants receive an orthodontic evaluation at least once by the time they reach the age of 7. An orthodontic checkup is necessary in preventing and correcting orthodontic problems.
Primary teeth, or baby teeth, do have a purpose/function and are important for:
Yes, primary teeth will eventually fall out of your child’s mouth but this doesn’t mean you should not care for your children’s teeth before this event happens. It is very important to maintain the health of primary teeth. Neglected cavities can and frequently do lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Severely decayed teeth could put your child at risk for early periodontal disease.