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Primary teeth are called baby teeth or first teeth.
Your child will start getting new teeth almost continually from age 6 months to age 3 years.
Most children have a full set of twenty primary teeth by the time they are three years old.
As your child nears the age of six, the jaws grows, making room for the permanent teeth. At the same time, the roots of the baby teeth begin to be absorbed by the tissues around them and the permanent teeth under them begin to erupt.
From ages 6 to 12 your child will be losing baby teeth and getting his adult teeth. These are normal times for tooth eruption however if your child is a year old and still has no sign of any teeth you should contact us for a limited exam.
Baby teeth are very important as place holders for adult or permanent teeth. Here are some guidelines that apply to the eruption of baby teeth:
Permanent teeth usually start to erupt around the first grade. Often the first molar or six-year molar erupts before the front teeth and they tend to erupt behind the last baby tooth and do not replace a baby tooth.
Often lower front teeth come in behind, the tongue side, and give the appearance of two rows of teeth for awhile. The front teeth are changing between the aging of 7-10.
By the time your child reaches age twenty-one, all thirty-two of the permanent teeth will usually have erupted.
Remember around the age of 7 is a good time to visit the orthodontist if you are concerned about the crowding of you child's teeth.
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