Setting proper dental health habits is important for children. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions or concerns regarding proper dental treatment for your child.
Newborns and Infants
Baby teeth start to emerge between six and nine months of age. These milk teeth or first teeth help your child eat and speak and also help the adult teeth come in straight. Tender gums are associated with each stage of tooth emergence, which can make your child irritable. It helps to rub the gums with your finger, a small cool spoon or a cold teething ring that has been placed in the fridge.
Children and Adolescents
The first teeth start to fall out around the ages of six to eight years. Most permanent teeth, except for wisdom should come in by the age of 13.
Dental health is so important in the teen years. The choices you make as a teen can significantly impact your dental health. Making healthy choices can help lead to positive dental health.
Start good habits early to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
- Brush twice and floss once per day
Reduce sugar intake. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth when you’re playing sports