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What are tooth buds? Regrettably, they’re not main characters from a fun kids’ television show about sentient tooth humanoids sharing oral hygiene guidance. (Yet.) An understanding about tooth buds will help encourage you to practice great dental hygiene habits when treating your child’s chompers, so we’ve put together this information to support you.

Before your child is born, they develop tooth buds in their jaw. These buds will grow to become baby teeth in time, during a period defined as teething or infantile tooth eruption. This happens at around six months of age, though some children will experience tooth eruption at as early as three months of age, and other children may experience it at as late as one year old. The tooth buds are important because they become baby teeth, which make room for permanent pearly whites that will assist your child throughout their life. Treating the baby teeth is crucial as well, since permanent chompers need healthy baby teeth to grow in correctly.

The staff at Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc will work in conjunction with Dr. Anthony Scoma to help you. Reach out to your La Jolla or Scripps Ranch, California, location now at 858-551-9700 to pencil in your next appointment. We’ll be excited to see you in our office again soon! See you then!