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Baby Teeth and Teething

Smiling BabyBeing mammals, we sport two sets of teeth, the primaries and the permanent. Assuming Mom has already lent strength to her baby’s teeth during pregnancy—beginning from week seven of prenatal life—teeth grow through two stages. In the first permutation, teeth take shape; in the second, the cells are actually transformed to perform different functions. All this is percolating as you enjoy pickles and ice cream.

When your baby is born, you won’t see teeth, but they’re there. Enamel and dentin are still forming in the jaw and, in a matter of months, the teething process is well underway. The root, however, will take another few years to be firmly established.

Make no mistake about the role of “baby” teeth—they are indispensable. The front teeth are going to be around for about 5 or 6 years, the molars for a decade. And they clearly map the route for permanent teeth. Interrupt this path with missing teeth, and your child may be set for life with a bite just out of alignment, or crowded dentition.

The upper primaries will usually hang on longer than the lowers, but keeping them all shipshape is critical to the health of permanent teeth. With luck and hygiene, your child will keep a full set of 32 permanent teeth for 90% of his or her life. Keep your fingers crossed and the pickles handy.

There are 20 primary teeth, 10 in each jaw. By the time the child is 2 or 3, a complete set should arrive. As the jaw continues to grow, you may notice some gaps which will probably resolve later on.

Teething Schedule

  • Central incisors, 9-10 months (lost at about 6-7 years old)
  • Lateral incisors, 11-12 months (lost at about 10-12 years old)
  • Canines, 18-19 months (lost at about 10-12 years old)
  • First molars, 15-16 months (lost at about 9-11 years old)
  • Second molars, 26-27 months (lost at about 10-12 years old)

About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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