Children can start to lose their primary teeth as early as age 5 but may not finish this process until they reach their mid-teens. Baby teeth are unique and require close monitoring and care as their protective enamel layer is thin. Baby teeth are not only important for chewing and speech but they also maintain the space for our larger adult teeth. It is crucial to develop good oral hygiene habits at a very early age to ensure the health and development of your children’s dentition. It is recommended that children visit a dentist as soon as their first few teeth erupt or by the age of one. A dentist can provide you with information on what to expect with eruption patterns and provide you with the tools and knowledge for a child’s oral health.
For more information on development and care of primary and permanent teeth, please visit the Canadian Dental Association website.