What Should Parents Know About Baby Teeth? 

22/05/2023

Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth or milk teeth, are not meant to be permanent. Although temporary, they can still affect your child’s oral development and habits. That’s why it’s still important to take your child to the dentist once the baby teeth start to come out. 

When do baby teeth erupt? 

At around 6 months, baby teeth might already come out. In fact, they’re always ready to erupt because they’re actually hidden under the gums since birth. That’s because the development of those teeth have actually started while the baby is still in the womb. They only erupt usually months after birth (the babies’ mouths and gums still have to undergo further development for teeth to properly erupt). 

At what age do baby teeth fall out? 

It can start at around age 6. Here, the primary teeth begin to loosen and start to fall out. This is to make room for permanent teeth. There could be a delay for up to one year (which is normal) and there’s nothing to worry about (especially if you’re regularly taking your child to a paediatric dentist). 

Soon, baby teeth will be pushed out by the permanent ones. It’s like the baby teeth acted as placeholders and guides for new stronger teeth to come out. As a result, if baby teeth were removed or displaced prematurely, the permanent teeth might erupt in the wrong places. This can result in the crowding of teeth and make them crooked. This shows the importance of proper dental care even if we’re just talking about temporary baby teeth. 

What is teething? 

Teething is actually the eruption of baby teeth from the gum line. In this period, the babies’ immune system starts to change. As a result, they might become more prone to illnesses, especially if they have a strong tendency to put things in their mouths (introducing microbes into those places). 

During this period which might last for several days, it can be uncomfortable for children, which is why we have to watch out for them. It also helps to consult a paediatric dentist so you’ll know what to do and that your child will somehow get through this experience easily. Also, the dentist can advise you on how to properly care for baby teeth. 

A specialist paediatric dentist can also help ensure that your child will undergo proper oral development. This way, your child’s teeth will grow in the right places and that you’ll prevent the crowding of his or her teeth. With proper oral development (including the proper eruption of permanent teeth later on), this can help prevent bad oral habits and boost your child’s confidence because of his or her properly aligned teeth.