baby teeth can get cavities and may need to be treated. They serve as very important space maintainers for permanent teeth to follow.
By three years of age, most if not all baby teeth have erupted. Soon after four years, spaces for permanent teeth begin to appear as the jaw, supporting bone structure and facial bones begin to grow.
From six to 12 years, it is typical for your child to have both baby teeth and permanent teeth in their mouth.
FIRST DENTAL VISIT : It is important that your child see a dentist by age one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan.
DENTAL SEALANTS : Dental sealants are used to protect teeth from decay and are appropriate as soon as a tooth erupts.
FLUORIDE TREATMENT : Check with your dentist about the need for fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a major component in the prevention of childhood dental caries. This is because fluoride alters the molecular structure of the tooth, making it more resistant to acid attack and decay.
However, children require the right balance of fluoride treatment. Too much fluoride could be problematic and lead to fluorosis.
DENTAL FLOSSING : Parent-assisted dental flossing should commence when two teeth erupt next to each other. Independent flossing should occur when children have the ability to do it on their own (often by six years of age).
ORTHODONTICS: Orthodontics may be appropriate as early as by seven years of age.