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If you want your child to have the top-notch smile they deserve, then you need to help your child care for it regularly. Unfortunately, that’s a difficult task if you don’t know much about your child’s teeth and gums. The more you know, the better. So, our dentist, Dr. Jorge Ferreira, would like to teach you all about your child’s smile by sharing some children’s smile facts. Those facts are:

-Your child will have 20 baby teeth, 10 teeth in the top arch and 10 teeth in the bottom arch. The teeth will begin to pop out of the gums around 4 to 6 months of age, and they should all be erupted by the time your child is 3 years old.

-The baby teeth are very important because they act as placeholders for the adult teeth that lie underneath. The baby teeth will be replaced by these adult teeth when they start falling out of place, which should be around 6 to 8 years old.

-Your child’s baby teeth will be replaced by 32 adult teeth. There should be eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars and 12 molars.

-Do your best to clean your child’s teeth regularly. To do so, brush them twice a day once they erupt from the gums, floss them once a day once the teeth are tightly knit together, and bring them into our office every six months beginning around their first birthday.

To learn more about children’s smiles in Santa Fe, New Mexico, please contact our dental team at Sonrisa Dental. When you dial 505-455-2176, we will be thrilled to give you the answers, information and tips you need to keep your child’s smile in the best shape possible!