Important Milestones in Your Child’s Oral Development
- First baby tooth: Usually within 4 to 7 Months
- Teething: Typically from birth to 12 Months
- When will the tooth fairy come? Normally before Age 6
Parents are always looking forward to the various milestones in the life of their child, and we often field questions about the milestone that is most relevant to what we do here at Briglia Dental Group: A child’s first visit from the tooth fairy.Parents will always have questions relating to the development of their child’s teeth and the various stages he or she will go through, including the first tooth, the first tooth that falls out, and the arrival of the permanent teeth. As one of the best dentist for kids in Chester County, we enjoy fielding these questions and informing our patients and their children what they can expect throughout all stages of development.
Expecting the First Baby Tooth
The overarching theme in tooth development is that it varies from child to child. Generally speaking, however, a child that develops his or her first baby tooth early is more likely to lose that first baby tooth early as well. Conversely, a child that develops his or her first baby tooth late is more likely to lose the first baby tooth later on. Just because a child’s peers are all losing their teeth does not mean that there is anything wrong, it just means that the child is on a different developmental schedule, which is perfectly normal.
In some rare cases, babies are actually born with a tooth or grow a tooth in the first few weeks after their birth. It is much more likely that the first baby tooth will show up at some point between four and seven months. It is important to recognize, however, that this first tooth may also appear much later, sometimes until the baby is a year or older.
Teething also varies greatly among children in almost every aspect. Some children complete teething within a year, while others may take up to three years. There are children that will experience a great deal of discomfort throughout the teething process, while others may not even seem to be affected in the slightest.
Some of the symptoms or behaviors that are commonly experienced throughout the teething process include:
- Fussiness or irritability
- Refusal of food
- Swollen or sensitive gums
- Sleep issues
By the time the child is three, it is very likely that all of the teeth will be in place, which is the point when most parents begin to wonder when the first baby tooth will fall out.
Average Age a Child Loses Their First Tooth
The average age that a child loses his or her first tooth is six. In fact, about 90 percent of all children will lose his or her first tooth at either age five or six. This does not mean, however, that there is cause for alarm if a child has not yet lost his or her tooth by six years of age. If there are concerns nonetheless, it is perfectly acceptable to ask a member of our West Chester family dentistry team whether or not the child’s eruption pattern is on track.
Permanent Teeth and Wisdom Teeth
Variation is also likely in the development of permanent teeth and wisdom teeth, though the average age for the permanent teeth to all be in place is 14. Wisdom teeth – if they come in at all – will show up sometime between the age of 16 and 20.
If there are ever any questions with regard to the various stages of tooth development, please feel free to give us a call at 610-692-4440 and we will be happy to field your call and answer any questions you may have. Ready to schedule an appointment for your child with Dr. Ron? Simple fill out our online dental appointment request form and we will contact you to set up a time to come in!