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Children are not used to growing up. After all, they’ve never done it before. Losing, growing, and taking care of teeth can be scary. You can teach them that it is a normal and healthy experience. If they are old enough, you can tell them stories about how it happened when you were their age, and they’ll know that you understand.

Another thing that will help you help them through the process is to understand what is really happening as your children grow their primary and then their permanent teeth.

Let’s start with teething. Did you know that infants are actually born with their primary teeth? They have not emerged from the gum, but are fully intact under the gums. When their body is ready to move on from infantile milk, the teeth begin to erupt above the gumline. It usually begins with the lower front incisors, then the upper front incisors, and then other teeth proceed to grow one by one from the center to the back of the mouth. The molars are usually the last to grow. The process is typically finished by age three.

As these new teeth come in, you’ll want to brush them with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and pediatric toothpaste every day. Also, as soon as two teeth show up next to each other, you can begin to floss your child’s teeth.

The permanent teeth grow underneath the primary teeth, dissolving the roots of the primary teeth. This is how primary teeth gradually loosen and fall out. It usually begins around age six or seven. Scientists has discovered that there is a typically a pattern to the way they fall out – it usually happens in the same order as they erupted above the gumline.

When permanent teeth begin to show up, you might want to start using adult toothpaste. To find out if you should or ask any other questions about your child’s growing teeth, you can make an appointment with Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc. in Roy, Utah and ask Dr. John Anderson all about it. Just call 801-774-5437.