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A Parent’s Guide to Children's Teeth

3 to 11 years


By the age of 2 or 3 your child’s baby teeth will most likely have fully erupted. As your child continues to grow, permanent teeth will begin to erupt around age 6 or 7.


Here are some tips to ensure that your child’s teeth remain healthy and in check by Small World Dental.


Develop Excellent Oral Hygiene




As your child’s first set of permanent molars erupts we can start to identify potential issues that may require braces in order to resolve overcrowding or cross bites. Sometimes early dental intervention can prevent the need of braces, but not always eliminates the need of orthodontic treatment in the future.


Thumb Sucking


Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Children should cease thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Usually, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4. If this continues consult Small World Dental.


Brushing & Flossing


A good oral hygiene prevents tooth decay, cavities, tooth loss, and additional dental problems that can be expensive in the future.


  • Make sure you replace toothbrushes every 3 months

  • Prevent gum irritation by cautiously flossing for them until the age of 6

  • Encourage brushing for 2 minutes and flossing after each meal especially before bed


Eating a Healthy Diet


  • Moderate or eliminate sugary foods and drinks as they lead to tooth decay and cavities


Crooked Teeth


  • Prevent crooked teeth by stopping your child from thumb sucking or using pacifiers


Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)


This condition can develop in children as young as 6 years old. It can lead to sever headaches, sensitive teeth, tooth decay and damage. Here are a few things that you can do to treat teeth grinding early on.


  • Teeth grinding generally occurs when the first permanent tooth erupts

  • Most children will stop grinding by the age of 12. If your child does not stop, dental care will be necessary

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