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Your child’s teeth and gums are very important, especially because they help your child perform daily tasks each day, like eat, talk and smile. It’s vital to keep them in tip-top shape so your child can have the top-notch smile they deserve. In order to do so, you need to know more about them, right? So, our dentist, Dr. Robert Wagner, is happy to teach you all about your child’s smile by sharing some children’s smile facts. Those are:

-Your child has 20 baby teeth, which are also known as primary teeth or deciduous teeth. They should have 10 teeth on top and 10 teeth on bottom. The teeth will begin to erupt around 4 to 6 months of age and they should all be erupted by age 3.

-The baby teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth that grow into place once the baby teeth fall out. Your child should begin losing their baby teeth around 6 to 8 years old.

-Your child’s baby teeth will be replaced with 32 permanent teeth, including eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars and 12 molars.

-It’s very important to care for your child’s teeth regularly. You can do so by brushing them twice a day, flossing them once a day and bringing them to our office every six months for their checkups. You should begin brushing when their teeth erupt. You should begin flossing once the teeth are too close together for the brush to clean between them. You should begin bringing them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about children’s smiles in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, please reach out to Ultimate Smile Dental at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 954-566-5428 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to your phone call!