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What are tooth buds? Sadly, they’re not main characters from an exciting kids’ television show about living tooth humanoids giving oral hygiene guidance. (Yet.) Understanding about tooth buds will help encourage you to practice great oral hygiene habits when treating your child’s chompers, so we’ve put together the following data to aid you.

Before your child is born, they fashion tooth buds in their jaw. These buds will erupt through the gums to become baby teeth during a process known as teething or infantile tooth eruption. This happens at around half of a year of age, though some children experience tooth eruption at as early as three months, and other children might experience it at as late as one year. The tooth buds are important since they become baby teeth, which form the room for permanent pearly whites that will assist your child throughout their life. Caring for the baby teeth is vital as well, since permanent chompers need healthy baby teeth to grow in appropriately.

The staff at Pediatric Dentistry South will work closely with Dr. Richard Ruffalo to help you. Reach out to your Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, practice at 412-257-1150 to schedule your next appointment. We’ll be excited to see you in our office again soon! See you then!