All too often, people assume that since a child’s first teeth are just “baby” teeth, soon to be replaced by permanent teeth, they don’t require much care. In fact, the opposite is true. These primary teeth perform invaluable functions, such as:
Since these temporary teeth act as trainers, it’s equally important that the health and development of these teeth are monitored closely by a pediatric dentist, such as Dr. Joseph Mauriello or Dr. Vivian Mauriello.
Most children have 20 primary, or baby teeth, which start to come in between six and nine months old.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you make an appointment to see a pediatric dentist -- in this case, Dr. Vivian Mauriello or Dr. Joseph Mauriello -- by your child’s first birthday. The reason behind this is severalfold:
A great collateral effect of visiting Mauriello Dental early and regularly is that you take the fear out of seeing the dentist.
You should bring your child to see Drs. Vivian and Joseph Mauriello every six months for regular checkups and cavity prevention. Your child relies on his or her baby teeth for many years, making it crucial that they receive proper care.
At the age of seven to nine, your child begins to lose these baby teeth as permanent teeth erupt. In fact, permanent teeth come in fast, and they’re more numerous than baby teeth. Most children have a full set of 28 teeth by their 13th birthday, with four more wisdom teeth to come between the ages of 16 and 20.
Regular checkups twice a year during this transition are paramount in ensuring the proper development of your child’s teeth. To get started, call Mauriello Dental or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
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