Maintaining your teeth starts from a young age, whether it’s for protecting your molars from decay with sealants or 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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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.
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:
Around the 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:
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:
Some issues you should be aware of that will affect oral health:
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.
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.
Our team at Credit Creek Dental take pride in delivering excellent dental care.
Our office provides many dental procedures and are constantly striving for excellence in our field.