Your Dental Health Checklist from Robert Duhig Dentist Sandgate
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Timeline for teeth
Parents are confronted by the reality of painful teething early on in their children’s lives but they are often confused by the best way to care for those tiny chompers. Here is an easy-to-follow timeline for your children’s tooth care by age.
Dental health timeline for children
• Prior to the eruption of teeth, try to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a wet cloth a few times a day. You can time these around feedings.
• Brushing will begin when the first tooth arrives. Speak with your dentist about the best brush and paste combination. This is also when you should have your first visit to the dentist to check that teeth are coming in appropriately.
• When teeth appear together, you may begin flossing. This may seem silly when they are so small but you are investing in developing a lifetime of good habits. Flossing early will naturalise the process for your children and make it part of your bedtime routine.
• After the age of one, you may look at different toothpaste options. Continue your flossing routine. Try to remember your twice yearly dental cleanings and examinations.
• If your child uses dummies or is a thumb sucker, talk to your dentist about strategies to put an end to this habit as they may have negative consequences on permanent teeth development.
• At around age 6, baby teeth will begin to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. Painful adult molars will appear which may cause some distress.
• When adult teeth have all appeared, it may become apparent that braces are required. You should consult with your dental technician and dentist about this process. When children play sports, you may also want to get them fitted for a mouthguard.
Every day dental care
The above milestones are significant moments in your child’s maturity. You can ensure they put their best teeth forward by:
• Making sure they brush and floss twice a day
• Making sure they attend their friendly dentist for twice yearly check ups
• Making sure they have a once yearly professional dental clean
Make it a habit!
Develop an active relationship with your family dentist today to instil positive dental associations in your child. You’re their best chance for a show-stopping smile!