Tooth Development

Importance of Primary Teeth

It is very important to maintain the health of primary teeth for:

  1. Normal facial development and attractive appearance.

  2. Proper oral health habits.

  3. Proper chewing and eating.

  4. Proper speech.


Lower front teeth are the first primary teeth to erupt at 6-8 months. Some children may get them as early as 4 months. Excessive drooling at this time is normal. Rubbing the gums with teething gel usually gives some relief for discomfort at night. For teething discomfort during the day, cold hard objects, teething biscuits or frozen teething rings are effective. Parents should start cleaning their children’s teeth as soon as the first tooth grows in the mouth. A clean damp cloth or a rubber finger cot with tiny bristles are great to use.

Early Oral Care

Infants and Children

Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits. We want to share with you the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe.

Recommended age for a child’s first dental visit: 12-18 months

It is our goal for every child to have a “Happy & Healthy Smile.” Your child’s first dental visit can be as early as the eruption of their first tooth but no later than 18 months. Routine follow-up every 6 months help prevent or decrease tooth decay. Your child gets accustomed to the routine of dental visits, making them fearless of future visits to our office. We encourage parents to promote regular home oral care by brushing their teeth twice daily and enjoying their “Beautiful Smile.”

Boy with missing teeth

Eruption of Teeth

Primary Teeth

Children’s teeth begin forming (intra-uterine) before birth. The eruption of primary teeth occur between 6 months to 24 months of age. Sometimes the pace and order may vary. Normally young children have 20 primary teeth and all of these teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth.

Permanent Teeth

Eruption of permanent teeth starts between 6-21+ years.

Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These differences enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. They also give your face its shape and form.

At birth, people usually have 20 primary (baby) teeth, which often erupt as early as six months of age. They are then shed at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted. 

Click here to see a chart depicting tooth eruption.