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Pediatrics 101: What You Should Know About Your Children’s Baby Teeth

Losing your baby teeth is one of the great rites of passage you go through on your way to adulthood. Here are some things you need to know about the process of getting permanent teeth.

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(1) Timing

As with baby teeth, you can’t predict when your child’s permanent teeth will start coming in. Most kids lost their first tooth around the age of six; early teethers usually get their permanent teeth sooner, as well. The process takes a long time: It ends with the eruption of the wisdom teeth, which usually happens in the late teen years.

(2) How it happens

The emergence of permanent teeth follows the same pattern as teething. The middle teeth on the bottom usually come in first, then those on the top.

(3) Prepare for teething pain

When the six-year molars start coming in, most kids experience teething pain like they did when they were babies. These molars can be especially painful because there were no baby teeth there to make things easier.

(4) Worried about how they look?

It’s common for permanent teeth to look too big for kids’ mouths when they first come in. They’ll grow into their new teeth, so there’s no cause for concern.

Of course, it’s important to have a good dentist working with you to make the process easier for your kids. To schedule an appointment with the best pediatric dentist in Bellevue, call us today at (425) 455-2424!

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