Tooth Eruption

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At Meckler Pediatric Dentistry, it's important to us that you understand your child's dental needs. Our practice is dedicated to providing you with all the information and answers you need in order to help you make the best decisions about your child's dental care, maintaining good oral health, appointments and more. We are proud to serve Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Bernalillo and other local patients with pediatric dental care that offers healthy smiles in a warm and friendly office.

Eruption of Your Child's Teeth

Tooth eruption is the process during tooth development when the teeth enter the mouth and become visible. A child’s 20 primary (baby) teeth often erupt at about 6 months of age; however, it is important to know that tooth eruption times can vary from child to child just as individual growth rates can vary between children.

The first primary teeth to erupt are usually the two front bottom teeth from 6 to 8 months of age. The four upper front teeth follow these, and the remainder of your child's teeth will erupt periodically, often in pairs on each side of the jaw until all 20 primary teeth have come in at about the time your child is 2 ½ years old.

Between the ages of 5 and 6, the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some do not. Do not become concerned if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.

Why Primary Teeth are Important

Your child's primary teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth, but they are essential for chewing, biting, speaking and appearance. This is why it's very important to maintain a healthy diet and good daily oral hygiene.

Teething Symptoms

When your child's primary teeth are erupting, he or she may have sore and tender gums. The normal symptoms of teething include:

  • Drooling more than usual
  • Fussy behavior
  • Crying
  • Not sleeping well
  • Loss of appetite

To help alleviate the discomfort your child feels from teething, rub the gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold wet cloth as doing so will soothe the gums. Teething rings also work well at alleviating teething discomfort; however, avoid giving your child teething biscuits as they contain sugar, which is not good for baby teeth. Additionally, you should not give your child any medication to alleviate teething discomfort unless directed to do so by your dentist or doctor.

Contact Meckler Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Meckler and his staff are always available to speak with you. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's erupting teeth or teething, please do not hesitate to contact us during regular office hours. After hours, you can reach us through our answering service. We look forward to working with you and your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles!