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How do you make a tooth chart for children?

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To make a tooth chart for a child, print out a copy of the permanent tooth development chart or primary tooth chart provided on the American Dental Association's Mouth Healthy website. Then as each tooth appears, color the appropriate space on the chart with a different colored crayon.

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To make a game out of tooth charting, print out two copies of the chart. Let your child number the teeth by predicting the order in which the teeth may appear. When your child guesses right, you can reward him with a small prize or outing.

Dentists also use these primary and permanent tooth charts to verify that the teeth erupt on schedule. To use the Universal Numbering System used to track teeth, American dentists label the teeth on the chart starting from the upper right molar and ending at the lower left molar. By using primary and permanent tooth charts, a dentist can spot potential overcrowding problems and other issues.

According to averages, most children's baby teeth appear between 6 and 33 months of age. The first permanent teeth to erupt are the upper and lower first molars and the lower central incisors, which usually appear around the age of 6 or 7. The upper central incisors and the lateral incisors erupt between the ages of 7 to 8. By the age of 13, children should have all of their adult teeth, with the exception of their wisdom teeth, which should appear between the ages of 17 to 21.

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