When Do Children Get Their Teeth?

Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These differences enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. They also help give your face its shape and form. At birth, people usually have 20 baby (primary) teeth, which start to come in (erupt) at about 6 months of age. They fall out (exfoliate) at various times throughout childhood, starting around 5 years old with the first loose tooth and ending around 12-13 years old. By age 21, most of the 32 permanent teeth have usually erupted. Sometimes the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) do not erupt and have to be removed surgically.

Dental Growth Chart

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Healthy Habits Create Healthy Smiles

Healthy teeth and gums are important to your child's overall health. Dental disease is the most common disease of childhood, and it can be easily prevented. Showing your child good habits early in life can help make sure your child has good health in the years to come!

Why are baby teeth important?
Healthy baby teeth help your child eat and speak. They also help shape your child's face and guide adult teeth into place.

What can I do to keep my child's teeth and gums healthy?

  • When your child gets teeth, clean them with a damp washcloth or soft toothbrush every day after meals and at bedtime. It's OK to use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when your child is old enough to spit it out.
  • Don't put your child to bed with a bottle/sippy cup of milk, formula, juice, or sugary liquid. Water is the best for nighttime. Help your child learn to drink from a cup starting at about 6 months of age.
  • Schedule first visit to the dentist no later than 12 months of age.
  • Encourage healthy meals and snacks. Limit sweet, starchy, or sticky foods and drinks. This includes candy, soda, and juice drinks (NO fruit gummies). These can cause tooth decay.
  • Help prevent injuries by always having your child wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
  • Set a good example for your child. Brush and floss your own teeth regularly and eat a healthy diet.