As your child continues to grow, make sure they are reaching their smile milestones.
Watching your little one grow up is such a fun time full of exciting, unforgettable experiences. Of course, it’s important that your child is getting the proper oral care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Our Newberg, OR, family dentist, Dr. Angela Toy, is here to provide some information into some of the dental milestones your child should experience.
Your Child’s First Tooth
While teething can certainly be a challenge for your little one, the moment you start to see those little teeth coming in it can be pretty exciting. Usually, the two front teeth on the lower jaw start to come in first followed by the front teeth on the upper jaw.
Teething tends to happen anywhere from four months to one year old. There is no rhyme or reason to why some children start teething earlier than others but don’t be surprised or worried if your little one doesn’t start teething until 8 months.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
It’s a good rule of thumb to schedule your child’s first dental visit with our Newberg dentist not long after their first birthday. If your little one’s teeth start to come in earlier than that, you’ll want to schedule their visit a bit sooner. Coming in every six months for routine cleanings and exams is important for your child. Think of your child’s growing smile as a clean slate. By coming in routinely and knowing how to properly care for their teeth you can ensure that your child remains cavity-free.
First Lost Baby Tooth
This is an exciting milestone for both your and your little one. This will usually occur around the time your child is five or six, but it may take until your child is eight or nine to lose their first tooth. If you have concerns about when your child’s teeth will start falling out you can also ask us. By bringing your child is every six months we can continue to monitor their smile’s development and progress and pinpoint problems right away.
Have questions about your child’s oral health? Need to schedule their next dental visit? Then turn to the gentle, knowledgeable dental experts at Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, OR. Call us to learn more.