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Baby Teeth Specialist

Pediatric Dental Group of New York

Pediatric Dentistry located in Albany, NY & Glens Falls, NY

Most infants get their first baby teeth around the age of six months. As soon as baby teeth start breaking through the gum line, it’s important to begin cleaning and caring for them. At Pediatric Dental Group of New York, the team of pediatric dentists boasts years of experience caring for baby teeth. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Schenectady, Albany or Glens Falls, New York, call the nearest office today or schedule online.

Baby Teeth Q & A

What are baby teeth?

Baby teeth are the first teeth to emerge. They’re smaller than permanent teeth and there are fewer of them. 

Children have 20 baby teeth –– 10 on top and 10 on the bottom –– while adults have 32. Most children have all of their baby teeth by the time they turn two-and-a-half years old. 

When do baby teeth start coming in?

Most babies get their first tooth around the age of six months. The first tooth is usually the central incisor — the front, middle tooth on the lower jaw. The second tooth to typically come in is the second central incisor, right next to the first one. Molars, the teeth at the back of the mouth, tend to come in last. 

If your child is already six months old and doesn’t yet have a baby tooth, don’t worry. Every child is different and baby teeth come in at different times. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s baby teeth, contact the team at the Pediatric Dental Group of New York.

When do permanent teeth start coming in?

Children start losing their baby teeth around the time they turn six. By the age of 12, all of their baby teeth will fall out and be replaced with permanent teeth which are bigger and stronger. The first baby teeth to fall out are usually the first that came in –– the central incisors.

How are baby teeth different from permanent teeth?

Baby teeth are different from permanent teeth in several ways. First, the enamel of adult teeth is much stronger and resistant to decay. Another major difference is the tooth roots. The roots of baby teeth are shorter than permanent teeth, making it easier for them to fall out when the time is right.

How do I care for my child’s baby teeth?

The easiest way to care for your child’s baby teeth is to invest in preventive dentistry. Brush their teeth twice daily, floss their teeth before they go to bed at night, and visit the Pediatric Dental Group of New York once every six months for a pediatric dental exam and professional teeth cleaning.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your child’s baby teeth, make an appointment at the Pediatric Dental Group of New York by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.