Your child’s first dental visit

This first visit is usually short. The dentist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums and this takes place as early as the first tooth appears through the gum.

The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth, approximately 6-8 months of age.
Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth

All the other teeth will appear periodically and usually in pairs along the jaw until the child is about 2 ½ years old. At this time they will have their first 20 teeth.

Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will appear. Some permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some do not.

Remember that the baby teeth are very important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but these help in chewing, biting, speech and appearance.