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What are tooth buds? Regrettably, they’re not main characters from a fun kids’ television program about sentient tooth creatures giving dental hygiene guidance. (Yet.) Understanding about tooth buds will help inspire you to practice good dental hygiene habits when treating your child’s teeth, so we’ve put together the following info to support you.

Before your child is born, they develop tooth buds in their jaw. These buds will erupt to become baby teeth in time, during a process defined as teething or infantile tooth eruption. This occurs at around half of a year of age, though some children will experience tooth eruption at as early as three months, and other children may experience it at as late as one year. The tooth buds are vital because they become baby teeth, which form the way for permanent pearly whites that will serve your child throughout their life. Treating the baby teeth is vital as well, since permanent chompers need healthy baby teeth in order to come in correctly.

The staff at Dentistry for Children work together with Dr. William D. Steinhauer to support you. Contact your San Antonio, Texas, office now at 210-432-1510 to schedule your next visit. We’ll be excited to see you in our office again soon! See you then!