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Baby teeth, which are also called primary teeth or deciduous teeth, help your child bite, chew, talk, and smile. Even if it might not seem like it, these baby teeth are quite important. In fact, they serve many purposes. To help you know a little more about baby teeth in Muscatine, Iowa, Dr. Holly Krystek and our dental team have some baby teeth facts to share with you.

Your child will usually begin growing their smile when they are about 6 months old. Typically, the front lower middle tooth will erupt first. By the time all of the teeth grow into place, your child should have 20 baby teeth. They should have all of their teeth by the time they are 3 years old.

Even though your child loses their teeth eventually, the chompers still need to be taken care of. In order to do so, you will need to brush your child’s teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush (child-sized) and water. Please do not use toothpaste until your child knows how to spit. This is important because swallowing the paste can make your child sick. Toothpaste introduction is usually best around 3 years of age.

When your child starts losing their teeth, they should be around 6 or 7 years old. Usually, the teeth will fall out in the order they grew into place. So, the front lower middle tooth should go first. By the time they are done losing their baby teeth, they should have 32 permanent teeth.

For more information about baby teeth and how your child’s smile develops, please remember that our dental team at Lifetime Dentistry is more than happy to help you, so call 563-263-9082 at your earliest convenience! We look forward to giving you the details you seek.