Kid's (Pediatric) Dentistry

At Maitland Family Dentistry we serve the entire family, including children of all ages. We have been serving Central Florida since 1973. Below we have several helpful links and topics of our most commonly asked questions. As always, if you are unsure about something or have a question for one of our Doctors call us at 407-67-SMILE.

When do I need to take my child to the dentist?

We recommend for children to be seen for their first visit either when the first tooth "breaks thru" (erupts) or no later than their first birthday.

Why do you need to see them so early, my child hardly has any teeth?

Seeing children at that age is more of an evaluation of the child's growth and development than cavity exam. It gives us a chance to go over the home care, and all the latest recommendations to keep your child's teeth healthy and monitor proper growth and development.

I'm nervous my child will be scared to sit in the chair that early?

Check-ups for infants and toddlers are normally done with the child sitting on the parent's lap facing the doctor. This helps calm the child and allows our doctors to "show and tell" for the parent as well.

Why do I have to take care of baby teeth, they're going to be gone anyway right?

Yes, it's true that we usually lose baby teeth, but baby teeth serve as an important template for the developing adult teeth:

  • They maintain space for the adult teeth.
  • They allow for proper chewing and nutrition for the baby.
  • If baby teeth are damaged, they can cause damage to the adult teeth below them.

When should my child's teeth come in?

Below we have placed several charts depicting when a child's baby teeth should "break thru" (erupt). Keep in mind that boys tend to develop slower than girls.

Here are a few general rules of thumb you can go by

  • Every 6 months of age 4 teeth will come thru.
  • Girls will normally mature sooner than boys.
  • Lower teeth come thru before their upper teeth counterparts.
  • Teeth usually erupt in pair in the same jaw.
  • By age 3 kids should have all 20 baby teeth .
  • After age 4, jaws start to grow and spaces between baby teeth start to develop. This is perfectly normal and is necessary to make room for the larger adult teeth to come in.
  • Baby teeth are normally whiter than adult teeth.
  • Between the ages of 6 and 12 (or the "Tooth Fairy" years), baby teeth and adult teeth are intermixed.

 If you would like to keep track of your child's development click on this tooth chart and print it out. Keep it and fill out your child's teeth on it.