Usually, your baby’s first primary tooth will erupt when they are about six months old. Typically, by the time your child is two and a half years old, he or she will have a full set (about twenty) primary teeth. These teeth are extremely important because they:
- Keep space open for permanent teeth
- Support facial structure
- Help children learn to speak clearly
- Support good nutrition because children will sometimes reject food when it is too hard to chew
But, as important as your baby teeth are, there comes a time when they need to be removed. In fact, you can expect your child to lose their first baby tooth when they are about six years old. When this happens, you can twist your little one’s tooth and pull it out. However, please do not pull on your child’s tooth unless it is extremely loose. Otherwise, the roots may be holding the tooth in place, and you could cause some pain.
Do you have more questions about caring for—or removing—your child’s baby tooth? Would you like to learn more about your child’s first appointment? If so, please feel free to contact us today. We’re excited to hear from you soon.