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Tooth Eruption in Children
Posted on 11/11/2015

Tooth Eruption in Children

Little Girl BrushingTeething is a huge landmark in your child’s life, and as your pediatric dentist in Lynnwood, we want to help you embrace these changes and ensure that your child’s teeth are properly cared for. With the right resources, you can help your child avoid tooth decay, minimize the pain of toothaches, and even prevent dental problems down the road. We have provided you with some general information about tooth eruption, losing teeth, and proper care for new teeth.

Teeth Eruption Timelines

Below is a brief overview of when to expect baby and permanent teeth eruption:

•    Baby teeth will begin growing around 6-8 months. This can take as long as 12-14 months to begin.
•    All 20 primary teeth should be in place by around age 3-4.
•    Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6-7.
•    All secondary teeth should be in place by around age 12-14.

Read more about tooth eruption for additional information regarding these timelines!

Experiencing Toothaches?

The pain caused by tooth eruption can be very uncomfortable, and while some children might not even show signs of discomfort, other children may express their frustrations vocally. The toothaches usually begin when the tooth begins to grow through the gums, and the pain can persist until the tooth is fully grown. In the meantime, there are ways to attempt to relieve this pain. Some tips and tricks are:

•    Gently massaging the gums with clean fingers
•    Applying a cool washcloth to the affected area
•    Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (check with your doctor before!)
•    Giving the child something hard to chew on, such as rubber teething rings

Tips For Brushing & Flossing

Before your child begins teething, you should continuously wipe their gums with a damp washcloth. You can begin using toothpaste on your child’s teeth as soon as they begin to appear. This will help prevent against early cavities. For children that are younger than 3 years old, you should only use a very small amount of toothpaste – about the size of a grain of rice. Once a child is 3 to 6 years old, you should use a somewhat larger amount – about the size of a pea. Once teeth begin to touch each other, your child should begin flossing each day.

For more information on brushing and flossing, read our brushing and flossing tips!

What To Expect When Losing Teeth

While losing teeth for the first time can be scary, having a parent that is equipped with the proper knowledge is incredibly settling. Here is some information regarding tooth loss:
•    Tooth loss begins to occur at age 6, with the final teeth falling out around age 12.
•    Typically, three or four teeth will fall out per year.
•    You should wait until the tooth is ready to come out on its own, do not yank at the teeth.
•    Bottom teeth will typically be the first to go.
•    If a tooth falls out naturally, it will not bleed as much. If it does bleed, have your child bite down on gauze or a clean towel.

After the tooth loss, it typically takes a few weeks to begin seeing the new, permanent tooth growing in.

Contact Your Pediatric Dentist In Lynnwood!

Tooth eruption and losing teeth can be a fairly stressful process, however, Alderwood Children’s Dentistry has plenty of experience in dealing with these situations and we are eager to help! If your child seems to be experiencing problems or you have general questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are happy to see your child in person or answer any questions over the phone.  We look forward to speaking with you!