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Your child’s smile is very important. This is why your dentist, Dr. Katherine B. Fischer & Charles C. Fischer, encourages you to do all you can to keep your child’s teeth and gums in tip-top shape. If you don’t know much about your child’s smile, this can be a difficult task. So, today our dentist would like to teach you a thing or two about children’s smiles in Centreville, Virginia. To do so, they is happy to share the following facts:

-Baby teeth are also known as primary teeth or deciduous teeth. Your child should have 20 baby teeth once they all grow into place. They should begin erupting from the gums around 4 to 6 months of age and should stop erupting around 3 years of age.

-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.

-It’s very important to care for your child’s teeth regularly. You can do so by brushing them twice a day, flossing them once a day and bringing them to our office every six months for their checkups. You should begin brushing when their teeth erupt. You should begin flossing once the teeth are too close together for the brush to clean between them. You should begin bringing them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts or around their first birthday.

Call Fischer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 703.994.4626 if you have any questions. Our dental team would love to tell you all about your child’s smile, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you all of the information you need!