Say hello to the tooth fairy :)
The first baby tooth will begin falling out usually around age 6 and will continue until around age12.
Does my child need teeth straightening?
The Canadian Academy of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation around age 8. At that point it is possible to identify abnormal bites, crowded or crooked teeth and recommend early intervention by an orthodontist. Not only will this improve the look of the child's smile, but early orthodontic treatment may prevent more extensive treatment later on and provide a more ideal result. The advantages of orthodontics far surpass appearance. Braces can straighten crooked teeth and guide teeth into proper positions as they come in. Straight teeth not only look better, but are easier to keep clean and are therefore less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Braces can also correct abnormal bites such as crossbites. This may prevent one side of the jaw growing differently than the other and may prevent muscle and TMJ problems in adulthood.
Say hello to new adult permanent teeth :)
Did you know?! Your child probably has some new PERMANENT molars. Around age 6, a child gets their PERMANENT first molars and age 12 they get their PERMANENT second molars
The bad news?! Cavities in the pit and fissures of these new permanent molars account for 80-90% of cavities in permanent back teeth! Why? Even if a child brushes and flosses carefully, it is almost impossible to clean the deep pits and valleys on these new teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these narrow grooves putting the child at a significant risk of tooth decay.
The good news?! Sealants can be placed on these teeth that can seal out bacteria and sugars significantly reducing the risk of tooth decay. Research has shown that sealants reduce cavities by 86% after one year and 58% after four years.
When should I start flossing my child's teeth?
As your child grows, you may notice that the spaces between their teeth get smaller and that their teeth start touching each other forming very tight contacts. Not only is this the time when kids get most of their cavities, but it is also the time to introduce flossing to your child.
Remember, brushing only removes the plaque on the tops and sides of your child's teeth, not in between!