Continue to supervise your child’s teeth brushing up to age 8-10. Doing it right matters.
While baby teeth do eventually fall out, they play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, and speak clearly. Baby teeth also save space for the permanent teeth, and help guide them into place.
Underneath your kid’s baby teeth, the roots and position of the adult teeth are growing into place. Research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities as an adult. Make sure to take your kids to their routine dental check ups.
Baby teeth are important, but once their permanent teeth come out, make sure your little ones are aware that those are the ones they will keep forever and taking care of them is very important.
What to expect during the kid years
Brushing & Flossing
At this stage of their lives, kids will want more freedom and independence. That is good, but when they brush and floss, make sure to check after they’re done to make sure they did it correctly.
A minute brushing is recommended, you can even find fun toothbrushes with a timer to help them know when the minute is up.
Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily is the best way to take care of their teeth. Make sure to teach them the correct way to floss.
Bye bye baby teeth, Hello Tooth Fairy!
This is the fun time where we introduce kids to the tooth fairy.
Losing a tooth could be scary at first, but once you tell your little ones about the tooth fairy it starts getting exciting for them. Kids lose 20 baby teeth over five to seven years.
The first wiggly tooth usually shows up when they are around 5 or 6 years old, but it can happen as late as around 8 years old.
The tooth fairy usually comes at night to retrieve the baby tooth and leave a reward. In most cases, the tooth fairy deals in currency, the amount is to be determined by the parents 😉