Teaching Children to Value Good Oral Health
The earlier you provide dental visits for your child, the more likely they are to have a good attitude about oral health providers and dental visits. These early dental visits also help teach your child that oral health is important! At North Texas Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we take great pride in creating a fun and safe atmosphere to help your little ones feel at ease while visiting our office.
At their first visit, we will check your child's teeth and determine the frequency of future dental checkups.
When will my child's teeth appear?
First teeth usually start to appear when your child is around 6 months old. All 20 baby teeth should appear by the age of 2.
The first permanent 'adult' molars (back teeth) will appear at about 6 years, before the first baby teeth start to fall out at about 6 to 7. The permanent 'adult' teeth will then replace the 'baby' teeth. It is usually the lower front teeth that are lost first, followed by the upper front teeth shortly after. All permanent teeth should be in place by the age of 13, except the ‘wisdom' teeth. These may appear any time between 18 and 25 years of age.
All children are different and develop at different rates.
How should I clean my child's teeth?
Cleaning your child's teeth should be part of their daily hygiene routine.
- You may find it easier to stand or sit behind your child, cradling their chin in your hand so you can reach their top and bottom teeth more easily.
- When the first teeth start to appear, try using a toothbrush designed for children, with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste.
- It is important to supervise your child's brushing until they are at least seven.
- Once all the teeth have appeared, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles in small, circular movements and try to concentrate on one section at a time.
- Don't forget to brush gently behind the teeth and onto the gums.
- If possible, make brushing a routine - just before your child goes to bed and at least one other time during the day.
- Remember to encourage your child, as praise will often get results!