Kalamazoo Pediatric Dentistry
1900 Whites Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 343-5386

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When do the primary (baby) teeth erupt?

A baby’s front four teeth usually erupt first between 6 to 12 months, and usually all 20 primary teeth have arrived by the age of 3.  To comfort a teething child, gently massage the gums with a clean finger, chilled spoon, or a moist gauze pad.  A watery sac may appear over the gums when a tooth is erupting. This is called an eruption cyst, and it is usually harmless.

Why are primary (baby) teeth important?  

Strong, healthy primary teeth aid children in chewing their food, speaking, and appearance.  In addition, the primary teeth hold the space in the jaws for the permanent teeth.  While the front four teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth aren’t replaced until your child is 10-13 years old.  Both primary and permanent teeth help give the face its attractive appearance.

For more information about your child's first dental visit and their primary teeth visit:  American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

What will happen at my child’s first dental visit?

At your child’s first visit, the doctor will carefully examine the growth and development of your child’s soft tissues and teeth.  He will also show you how to properly clean your child’s teeth and answer any questions that you have.  He will review your child's diet, give nutritional advice as well as recommendations for bottle and sippy cups use.  

When should I bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first visit to the dentist  occur within six months of the arrival of your child’s first tooth and no later than your child’s first birthday.  It is important to have your child come this early because dental problems often start early, so the sooner the visit the better.  Consider your child’s first visit as a “well baby checkup” for his or her teeth.  Also, please be positive when discussing the dentist.  Remind them that going to the dentist is a sign that they are growing up.  

What is a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has an extra two years of specialized training in the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years.  Children of all ages require different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.  Our office is specially designed with an open environment to treat children from infancy through the teen years, as well as the medically, mentally and physically compromised children. 

Keep your Child’s Teeth Healthy!

  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, wet gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding.
  • Begin brushing your baby’s teeth with water as soon as the first tooth appears.
  • Do not use toothpaste until after the age of two.
  • Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle that contains anything except water.
  • Children should be encouraged to drink from a cup by their first birthday.