Baby teeth and your child’s oral health
At Dentessential, we recommend bringing your child in for a check-up when their first tooth erupts. This is less about a formal check-up and more to familiarise your child with the dentist, the dental chair and letting them know visiting the dentist is a perfectly ordinary activity.
After your child’s second birthday we recommend coming in for a proper check-up to assess how their teeth are developing and to implement any necessary early prevention treatment.
What you can do at home
Milk teeth are important for speech development as well as preparing the jaw and gums for having adult teeth. You can help with the healthy development of your child’s teeth even before their first tooth erupts. After each meal, wipe your baby’s gums down with a damp cloth, which minimises the sugar on their gums.
While baby teeth are not permanent, it is important to remember that healthy baby teeth will contribute to healthy adult teeth. If a baby tooth suffers decay and is left untreated, the decay can reach and adversely affect the health of adult teeth.
How often should my child brush their teeth?
Your child should brush as often as you do—twice a day. A good method of helping your child develop the habit of brushing their teeth is to brush your teeth at the same time. By seeing you do it, they’ll think of it as a normal activity.
When your child brushes their teeth they will only require a pea-size amount of toothpaste, and until they develop good coordination you will need to brush their teeth for them.
Did you know there is a way to potentially avoid the need for braces? Dentessential offers early intervention treatments.
When do adult teeth start to appear?
Typically, most children get their adult teeth at the age of 6; however, your child could start losing their milk teeth as early as 4 years of age or as late as 8.