Your child’s primary teeth begin to form during fetal development and begin to appear when your child is about four months old. As a parent, it is natural to have lots of questions about your child’s teeth and how to care for them. Dr. Troy Hardy is happy to share with you the basics of tooth eruption so that you can provide efficient at-home care for your child.

Dental care can begin when your child is still a newborn. Using a warm, clean washcloth, gently swab your child’s gums after each meal. Your child has 20 primary teeth, all of which have erupted by age 3. You should begin caring for your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. Use a soft toothbrush and a smear of fluoridated toothpaste to brush in a circular motion, angling toward the gums. Focus on each area for about 10 seconds to thoroughly clean each tooth. You can also floss adjacent teeth. At age 2, your child can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Your child’s permanent teeth should begin to erupt around age six, and continue until about age 21, when the wisdom teeth erupt. Adults have between 28 and 32 teeth, depending on wisdom teeth. Early preventive care is vital to ensuring that the permanent teeth remain healthy and strong.

We encourage you to contact our pediatric dentist if you have further questions about tooth eruption in Lehi, Utah.