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What are tooth buds? To our dismay, they’re not characters from a fun kids’ television program about living tooth creatures giving dental hygiene guidance. (Yet.) Knowing about tooth buds will help inspire you to practice awesome dental hygiene habits when treating your child’s pearly whites, so we’ve assembled this information to help you.

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

The team at Soudabeh Sharafi DMD will work hand-in-hand with Dr. Soudabeh Sharafi to help you. Reach out to your San Diego, California, location at 858-259-1400 to pencil in your appointment. We’ll be excited to see you in our office again soon! See you then!