When Should a Child Have All of Their Adult Teeth? Pediatric Dentist in Irving Weighs In

boy getting dental exam There’s nothing like seeing your kid smile the first time they wake up and see money from the tooth fairy under their pillow. They start to look forward to losing baby teeth and getting their adult teeth. The question is, at what age should your child have all their permanent teeth? A pediatric dentist in Irving can help you learn the answer.

When Do Permanent Teeth Start Erupting?

Adult teeth start erupting, or coming in, around age 6. These teeth are the first permanent molars, often called “six-year molars.” Because these teeth are permanent, they must be properly taken care of. Molars are the teeth most susceptible to decay. The six-year molars help determine the shape of the child’s lower face and affect the position of other permanent teeth.

Primary teeth, or baby teeth, generally start falling out around the same time. From ages 6 to 13, baby teeth gradually fall out.

When Do Adult Teeth Stop Coming In?

By age thirteen, your child should have 28 out of their 32 permanent teeth.

The last four of the permanent teeth are wisdom teeth, or third molars. Normally these teeth begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Third molars are often not needed for chewing and can be difficult to clean since they are so far back in the mouth. Your children’s dentist in Irving might recommend a preemptive removal of wisdom teeth to prevent potential complications.

Why Should I Take Care of My Child’s Baby Teeth?

Since primary teeth are only in the mouth for a short time, it can be tempting to not give them the care they deserve. However, they play a vital role in your child’s developing mouth in a few ways:

  • They reserve space in the mouth for permanent teeth.
  • They help your child speak clearly.
  • Missing or decayed teeth can make it difficult to chew, so your child might reject certain healthy foods.
  • Decay and infection in baby teeth can cause dark spots on the developing permanent teeth.

Every kid is different, and that includes their teeth. If you have questions regarding your child’s smile, feel free to contact your dentist for kids in Irving with questions!

About the Practice

We at Rio Dental & Orthodontics understand that the dentist’s office isn’t most kids’ favorite place to be. We offer a private movie theater and video games in our waiting room and reward children with a toy for good behavior after the appointment. Our team of eight dentists, including two Board-certified orthodontists and one Board-certified pediatric dentist, will make sure your child receives the best and most enjoyable care possible. For more information about your child’s teeth, visit our website or call us at (972)-746-2533.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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