Waiting until all of a child’s grownup teeth have come in before taking them to see a dentist is a recipe for disaster. A child’s first dental appointment should be made as soon as all of their primary teeth begin to erupt.
It can take until the age of 21 for a human to develop a complete set of permanent teeth. Without regular dental care, a lot can go wrong during that time.
Our teeth are important to our health. The different sizes, shapes, and locations of teeth inside the mouth are what allow us to chew and digest the food we eat. Our teeth also let us speak clearly so that others can understand us. And they provide us with a beautiful smile which helps make us attractive and acceptable to other people.
When a child is born, they already have 20 primary teeth — also known as baby teeth — just below the gumline. At about six months, these teeth will start to erupt or emerge. Typically by about the age of three all of the primary teeth have come into place.
Starting at about the age of 6 or 7, most children will start to lose their primary teeth to make room for their adult teeth. By the age of 10 or 12 in most cases, all of the 20 primary teeth will be replaced with their 32 permanent teeth. By the age of about 20 or 21, most adults have all of their permanent teeth in place.
During that time, proper daily oral health habits and regular visits to the dentist will protect the health of a person’s teeth. Dental care can help prevent cavities and gum disease. It also can promote healthy teeth allowing them to chew, speak, and smile properly.
Don’t wait before taking your child to the dentists. Developing good dental habits at an early age will benefit your child throughout their entire life.