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.

Dear Derby City Pediatric Dentistry Families,
By now you are all aware of the measures being taken statewide to slow the spread of COVID-19. I’m writing to update you with the practice protocols Derby City Pediatric Dentistry will follow in the coming weeks or longer. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we determine the best way to keep our families, our team, and the greater population safe.

For now, Derby City Pediatric Dentistry will be closed from March 17, 2020, until further notice, in an effort to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this virus. If your child has a scheduled appointment during this time, we will be in touch to get your child rescheduled once we have a better idea of when it’s safe to resume normal operations. We are developing strategies to accommodate future additional needs.

This decision was not made lightly, but necessary in order to protect our patients, our team and our doctors after reading updated recommendations by the CDC and OSHA. Dental procedures generate a large number of droplets and aerosols. The latest advice is that our standard personal protective equipment is not effective enough to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, especially when patients are in the incubation period and are unaware they are infected. This is especially unique to our profession as children are being found to be asymptomatic carriers. This means that screening is no longer considered effective in capturing all who may be infected with the virus. Continuing to provide dental treatment and cleanings at this time is just not appropriate when trying to limit this virus.

OSHA has placed dental professionals in the “very high exposure risk” category regarding COVID-19. Current recommendations are that dentists and team members wear N95 masks for dental treatment during this pandemic. However, not only are these masks extremely difficult to obtain at this time but most importantly, they need to be conserved for other professions that are at the forefront of fighting this virus.

If your child has a true dental emergency, there will be a doctor to assist you. Please do NOT go to any Emergency Rooms and call our office first at 502-254-6097.

Rest assured that we are reading scientific and government recommendations, talking with local colleagues, and taking direction from our national organizations. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is imperative that as a community, we slow the spread of this virus, and that requires extreme measures. We are aiming to help flatten the curve by implementing this policy. We remain committed to the safety of you and your family! Please call us if you have any questions.

We appreciate your understanding as we all try to navigate through this situation.
Stay Home and Stay Healthy!

Dr. Korie Acord and the Derby Pediatric Dentistry Team