Kids and Their Grown Up Teeth

Every child is different, but many children will start getting their permanent teeth when they are five or six years old. It will take many years for them to get a complete set—some people won’t be finished until they are in their late teens or early twenties!  But developing healthy oral hygiene habits early in life can help a person keep those very same teeth healthy for decades.

Everyone knows the importance of brushing and flossing twice a day, but children should be reminded that they should brush their teeth at night, and then not to eat or drink anything until morning! A last glass of juice should be followed by another tooth brushing. It is also a good idea to brush during the day after eating foods that could leave a residue on your teeth—such as hard candy, syrup or soft drinks. Childhood is also the ideal time to teach your children the importance of sugar free products—especially chewing gum or hard candy, since those treats stay in contact with your teeth while you enjoy them.

Visiting your dentist twice a year is important for optimum oral health. Your general dentist will help prevent tooth decay with professional cleanings and in some cases, sealants. (Sealants fill deep grooves in teeth that are difficult to clean at home and therefore prone to tooth decay.) Your dentist can also make suggestions for orthodontics.

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