Baby Teeth: Common Questions (And Answers)

babyteethingDo you want to know everything there is to know about the teeth that are going to arrive in your child’s mouth one of these days? Of course, if you’re like most parents, you are steadily charting and following every first everything! We understand. When it comes to the progression of baby teeth and oral development, we can help you with general expectations. Remember, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask or to schedule an appointment.

Questions and Answers

Question: Do I need to take care of my child’s baby teeth? Can these teeth develop cavities or other problems? Does it really matter at all since they will eventually be replaced with adult teeth?

Answer: You do need to take excellent care of your child’s teeth. These teeth can experience decay and infection just like grown-up teeth. Gum problems can still occur, as well. When teeth or gums become damaged, it can negatively affect the future of your child’s smile (often damaging newly forming permanent teeth).

Question: How many baby teeth should I be able to count in my child’s mouth once they are all in place? I have heard that they should be done growing in between the ages of two and three. Is this correct?

Answer: You should count 20 teeth. Though everyone follows an individual developmental path, a full set of teeth is expected to arrive by your child’s third birthday.

Question: Why do I have more than 20 teeth? Do adults have more teeth than children?

Answer: Yes. Adults have 32 teeth in total. However, if you have your wisdom teeth removed (there are four of them), then you may only have 28 teeth. Other reasons for fewer teeth can also include removal for orthodontic treatment.