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What you should know about your baby's teeth...

Your child's first or primary teeth are as important as permanent teeth and require daily care. They are also known as milk teeth, baby teeth, temporary teeth.  Primary teeth help your child to learn to chew, speak properly and most importantly, these teeth reserve the space in your child’s gums for the eruption of their permanent teeth. Primary teeth start to form in your child’s jawbone before birth. The eruption of these baby teeth ("teething") begins at the age of six months and continues until twenty-five to thirty-three months of age.
The average child has a full set of 20 primary teeth made up of central incisors, lateral incisors, canines, first molars and second molars there is one in each quadrant, making a total of four of each tooth.
Teething (eruption) age of primary teeth:
  • Central  incisors : 6–12 months
  • Lateral incisors : 9–16 months
  • First molars : 13–19 months
  • Canine teeth: 16–23 months
  • Secondmolars : 22–33 months
The replacement of primary teeth begins around age six, when the permanent teeth start to appear in the mouth. This may last from age six to age twelve. By age twelve there usually are only permanent teeth remaining.
  • The eruption of the first tooth, between the ages of 3 and 9 months, should be a signal to parents to schedule a child's first dental appointment ( preferably a pediatric dentist ) -- and one should be scheduled no later than age 1, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ( AAPD).
  • A whopping 97% of parents were unaware of the first-year, first-visit recommendation, according to a 2010 AAPD survey. 
         But there are compelling reasons for early check-ups. Tooth decay is a leading chronic childhood disease -- more common than asthma -- and it's almost entirely preventable. 

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