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Children

Good Oral Health is for All Ages

Maintaining your teeth starts from a young age, whether its for protecting your molars from decay with sealants or whether it’s creating a mouth guard that is right for you. Prevention and protection is the best way to ensure that your pearly whites are kept in check for the years to come.

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Different Age Groups

Newborn and Infants

Baby teeth start to erupt through the gums between six and nine months of age.

This first set of teeth helps your child eat, speak, and help the adult teeth come in straight. Even tiny teeth must be cleaned. Infants can get cavities just like older children and adults. Following all feedings, you should clean your baby’s mouth and teeth. If the teeth are not large enough for an infant toothbrush, then simply use a piece of gauze or a wet facecloth to wipe teeth and gums. This prepares babies early for what should become a lifelong habit.

Baby’s first visit to the dentist can occur by the age of one year, or when the first teeth appear. The early visit can help detect any differences from normal growth patterns.

Toddlers and Preschoolers

This is a good time in your child’s life to build habits that will protect the teeth and lay the foundation for future overall health:

  • Feed your child from all food groups and limit sugary foods or drinks.
  • After eating sugary or sticky foods like raisins, brush your child’s teeth, rinse the mouth with water or serve juicy fruits/vegetables to clean the teeth
  • Don’t let your child constantly sip on sugary liquids, including milk and juice from sippy cups. Offer these liquids only at mealtimes.
  • Brush twice a day and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.  Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste, rather than swallow it. If your child doesn’t have the co-ordination necessary for proper tooth brushing, brush your child’s teeth first and then let him or her finish off.
  • Begin flossing early to clean between your child’s teeth.
  • Change your child’s toothbrush every one to three months or immediately after an illness. Never share your toothbrush with your child or use your child’s toothbrush
  • Let your child watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. Children are wonderful imitators, and there’s nothing like a parent’s example to teach them the way to healthy dental practices
Children and Adolescents

Around the time ages of six to eight years, the first teeth start to fall out and the permanent teeth erupt through the gums.

By the age of 13 years, most of the permanent teeth, except for the wisdom teeth, should be in. Permanent teeth will not be replaced, so remember:

  • Brush at least twice per day and floss once per day.
  • Reduce sugar Intake. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar. This forms acid that harms teeth.
  • Limit snacking.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Wear a mouth guard to protect the teeth when playing sports.
Teens

Continuing good habits started in childhood is the best way for teens to keep their teeth and gums healthy.Whether wearing braces or orthodontic appliances, a teen needs to:

  • Brush twice and floss once per day (more if wearing braces).
  • Reduce sugar Intake (Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar which forms acid that harms teeth).
  • Limit snacking.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Some issues you should be aware of that will affect oral health:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Grills and Tooth Jewels
  • Oral Piercing
  • Smoking
  • Wisdom Teeth

Sealants?

What are Sealants

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.

How do Sealants Work?

To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.

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