The initial permanent teeth to erupt in a child’s mouth are their first molars, which do not replace any baby teeth. Teeth replacement begins when a child turns 6 and occurs gradually. When a child turns 12, their primary teeth should have been replaced by adult teeth. These are called 12 year molars.

If your child’s 12 year molars are coming in, they may complain of symptoms such as swollen gums and headaches. You should understand that these symptoms are normal as many 12 year olds going through this stage experience the same symptoms they did when they were teething toddlers.

Fortunately, there are ways you can alleviate some of the discomfort they may be facing. You can give your teen an over-the-counter pain medication when necessary and encourage them to eat soft and cool foods such as mashed bananas and smoothies. Rinsing the mouth with salt water and/or gently rubbing the gums with a finger may help as well. These symptoms should go away when their 12 year molars break through the gum.

If your child’s pain becomes severe or does not subside, it’s important to take them to our office as soon as possible. Our dentists will evaluate their teeth and gums to make sure their 12 year molars have erupted correctly and there are no issues.

Remember that before you consider braces, Invisalign or any type of orthodontic treatment, it is imperative that permanent teeth erupt.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If your child’s 12 year molars are causing serious or persistent pain, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office. Call us today at 703-439-1214.