What Every Parent Needs To Know About Permanent Teeth – Elite Dental Care Tracy


20 August 2020

What Every Parent Needs To Know About Permanent Teeth – Elite Dental Care Tracy

Being pregnant and delivering a baby is a lovely journey for parents.

Seeing a tiny little new life in your family is very joyful. However, delivering a baby with healthy organs is also very important.

The health of a baby depends on the mother’s diet, as all the organs that include teeth develop in a mother’s womb for nine months, and after nine months, the mother delivers a healthy baby.


Generally, new born babies do not have teeth, while in rare cases, new-born babies have teeth called natal teeth.

In such cases, parents should seek advice from doctors how to handle them, or have them removed.

It is the responsibility of parents to get counselling from their doctors and

take oral care of their infants from the initial stages. They should know certain things about moulding the child’s teeth in proper alignment and shape.

The oral and overall health of children for their whole life depends upon the care their parents take in their infant stage.


These are the top 5 facts that every parent should be aware of to nourish the child with proper oral health.

  1. Brushing initially:

We see parents in a dilemmatic position on when to start the brushing to their infants.
A few parents wait till all the teeth erupt, and then start brushing the tiny teeth. However, the teeth start growing in infants since their birth.
Initially, they are under the gum line and erode gradually with age.
Parents should start brushing the teeth of the infants even if one tooth erodes up from the gum line, to prevent the formation of cavities, bacteria, inflammation, etc.

  1. Different types of teeth:

Naturally, an infant’s teeth start growing from 6 months of age, which is called primary teeth that are 20 in number, and they develop until 2 to 3 years and lose them at the age of 5 to 6 yrs.
By the age of 12 or 13, children develop all the permanent teeth that are 32 in number, which starts growing from around five years of age.
These 32 teeth are of different types:
Four teeth in the front, at the top and bottom, are called Central incisors.
Eight molars, two of which are the baby teeth and develop as permanent teeth.
Four canine teeth.
Four lateral incisors, the teeth between the front teeth and the canines, Oral care is essential from the initial stages once the permanent teeth come in for lifetime health and happiness.

  1. Importance of milk teeth:

Parents perceive that the milk teeth fall off gradually by time, and permanent teeth would come in.
Due to this perception, they do not care for milk teeth, which is not advisable.
The fact is that milk teeth lay a foundation for permanent teeth in the right position and nurtures the growth of adequate jawline.
It gives a correct structure for our teeth.
If not taken care of, milk teeth fall off in the early stages, and it affects the children psychologically.
For example, children will lack confidence and self-esteem.
Children develop bad breadth due to leftover food debris in their teeth, and stop interacting with others and eventually become an introvert.

  1. Limit thumb sucking: 

It is a common habit that children suck on different things in their infant age to fall asleep.
They should get over this habit, usually by two to four years, if they do not get over and the intensity of this habit increases, consult your dentist for remedies.
Long-time thumb sucking can disturb the oral development.
If the thumb is for a long time in the mouth, it disrupts the teeth alignment and results in the growth of crowded teeth.
So, parents!! Try avoiding this habit as soon as possible for the growth of teeth in proper alignment and shape.

  1. Importance of baby teeth:

Baby teeth, also known as deciduous teeth, play a vital role before the permanent teeth come in.
While children learn how to speak, they need lips, tongue, and teeth to be in sync to utter the words.
Baby teeth play a vital role in speech development, and teeth are essential for clear pronunciation.
Taking oral care is essential to prevent the formation of bacteria, infections, cavities, etc. and develop healthy permanent teeth.
Parents should enlighten their children about oral care and make them practice it from their childhood for oral health for the rest of their life.
Above are the five practices for good oral health and a lifetime smile of your kids.
Parents!! Don’t hesitate, talk to your paediatricians and take suggestions on how to take oral care of your tiny tots.
Teach oral care to your kids, make it a game, and play along with them so that they don’t get bored about it and start practicing it voluntarily.
Reach us at Elite Dental Care at Tracy for more information on oral care for infants. We have experienced paediatricians to guide you and help you to nurture your child’s future with proper oral care.
Call us on +1 209 213 7808
Email Id: info@theelitedental.com.
We are always ready to help you with a beautiful smile!!