Tooth Eruption

Even though they aren’t visible, children’s primary teeth begin forming before they are even born. At around the four month mark the primary teeth begin
pushing through the gums. By the age of three, all 20 primary teeth have erupted.Tooth Eruption, permanent teeth growth

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including wisdom teeth.

Even before your baby’s first tooth erupts you can use a warm clean washcloth to gently swab the gums clean after every meal. When the first tooth erupts you can gently brush with a soft toothbrush to get them used to having something in their mouths. Do not use toothpaste until your child is at least 2 years old. At around age two you can begin applying a pea-sized amount. Emphasizing healthy dental habits at an early age contributes to better oral health in the future.

If you live in or around Woodbridge and have a question about your child’s permanent tooth eruption, call our office today!


Signs of teething:

  • Increased drooling
  • Desire to chew on things
  • Increased Irritability/crankiness
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Swelling in the gum area

Tender and swollen gums may potentially cause your baby’s temperature to be a little higher than normal, however teething doesn’t usually cause high fever or diarrhea. Please contact your pediatrician if your child has high fever, to eliminate the possibility of any other possible illness.

Loosing Baby Teeth

For many parents, the of a wiggle of a loose baby tooth is the first sign that their child is in fact not a baby anymore. Most children’s are excited to lose their teeth like their big kid friends and more be even more excited to have a visit from the tooth fairy.

As with new experience they may not understand some children may have some anxiety with losing a tooth. Please reassure your child that this is a natural part of growing up and do not encourage them to wiggle or pull the tooth until they are ready. Tylenol can be given to alleviate pain, however if pain persists for several weeks please call our office.

Although in most cases premature or delayed eruption is attributed to your child’s individual growth pattern, there are some circumstances where underlying processes may cause these variations.

When to call our office

  1. Extreme pain with losing a tooth or eruption
  2. Excessive bleeding
  3. Injury causing loose tooth
  4. Loose tooth before the age of 4
  5. No teeth lost or loose by age 7-8
  6. Adult tooth in place and Baby tooth has not fallen out (shark teeth)


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