A child’s primary teeth sometimes called “baby teeth” are as important as the permanent adult teeth. Primary teeth often begin to appear when children are 6 months old. Some of the functions for baby teeth are to help the child chew and speak but they also hold space in the jaws for the permanent teeth that are developing under the gums. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the age of three years. We recommend the child be seen at age one-two years unless there are problems or concerns. Having the child accompany a sibling or a parent as they get a cleaning or exam is a great way to familiarize the child with the office. Another option is to have the child come in for a 'chair ride' as we count their teeth to familiarize them with the dental office.
Find out what the American Dental Association recommends here: