The dental structure of your child will transform significantly between the ages of 6 and 16 years. It is at this stage that they start losing their primary teeth and develop permanent teeth. The lower incisors will appear between the ages of six and seven while the upper incisors and premolars will appear after eight years.
Losing baby teeth is normally painless, but it is a wise idea to consult a dentist, especially if you are unsure of what to do. The dentist will examine the loose teeth and advise your child on whether to wiggle it, give it some more time, or if it needs to be extracted.
It is also at this stage of tooth development that your child will have a greater risk of developing tooth decay and cavities. The only way to avoid dental problems is to follow a strict dental hygiene routine.
How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Clean
Brushing of teeth should start at two years old. Your kids should be able to brush their own teeth by the time they turn six years old. Brushing ought to be twice a day using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a special brush meant for kids. You should supervise the brushing process to ensure that your kid gets it right. This supervision might go on until they are about 8 or 9 years when they can brush their teeth more efficiently.
Use disclosing tablets to ensure that your child’s teeth are clean after brushing. Disclosing tablets will display any plaque left on your child’s teeth. They’re easily chewable, ensuring that you won’t have trouble finding plaque.
Dental sealants are coatings made of thin, hard plastic that bond to the chewing surfaces at the back of the teeth. They help prevent cavities and plaque from building up in the grooves of your child’s teeth. Ask your dentist if you can use dental sealants as soon as the first molars appear, which is typically between the ages of six and seven years. At Dental Choice, we can look at your child’s teeth and decide if it’s appropriate to use dental sealants.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be at age 2. After that, you should take your child to the dentist at least once a year. You should make dental care fun to achieve desirable results. You can attain this by picking a friendlier dentist — someone who easily connects with children.
Our kid’s dentists in Calgary, Airdrie, and Edmonton love children and know how to create a good bond with kids. Another great way to encourage your children is to read kid’s books about teeth and going to the dentist before bedtime. Books can make the difference, and this will help your kids lose some apprehension before their first visit.
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