Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Dental Care For Children Ages 6-12

When a dental team has observed main teeth grow and have kept a watch out for any probable difficulties, a child's needs are much more likely to be obvious to them just because of the familiarity with the patient.

At about six years old primary teeth will begin to loosen as the adult teeth form and erupt, it is an essential phase for monitoring dental enhancements. Now is the time to make sure the child is able to manage their dental hygiene routine by themselves. It's still extremely important to track how well they perform with cleaning and flossing. Something which may impress them would be to find some disclosing broker for them to swish periodically as soon as they have completed cleaning their teeth. When they can see the areas which have been missed they can be instructed again on the best way to reach those specific areas better. This is also a fantastic time to enlarge the hygiene routine somewhat with more instruction on gentle gum, tongue and palate brushing.

Regular topical fluoride treatments will probably be essential to help strengthen the tooth on the adult teeth as they erupt. A good fluoride tooth paste will help between visits to the office and supplements may be suggested in circumstances where necessary. While too much fluoride can cause chalky white spots on teeth, these cases are rare and your family dentist can easily determine any related issues with your regular checkups.

This is a time when sugary snacks are very hard to avoid as children are now in school and not under a parents or care taker's supervision for many hours of the day. It can help to encourage sugar free snacks at home but kids will eat candy. Parents can mitigate some of the damage by reminding a child that if they do have a sugary snack there's a need to clean out their mouth afterward if at all possible. It may surprise some of you that sugars are also found in milk, produce. Some people don't understand the decay process, however, and don't realize it isn't caused by the sugar alone. Decay is actually encouraged by sugar but the plaque that is formed on the teeth daily is like a bonding agent for the sugar and provides the food for bacteria. The resulting acids start the demineralization which is the start of what is commonly called a cavity. It's probably best just to keep in mind that the bacteria in our mouths eat when we do.

Something that's proving immensely helpful as a deterrent to decay is the application tooth sealants. As adult molars appear a very simple application of sealant can be done in the office that will reduce the vulnerability of these teeth. Be Well Dental are more subject to decay as a result of deep crevices in them. The treatment is painless and frequently covered by insurance as the medical insurance industry has learned the efficacy of sealants against cavities thereby lessening the risk for more expensive fillings. Sealants will have to be checked periodically but tend to last from three to five decades and can easily be replaced when worn down or missing. When compared to repairing decay with drilling and filling they are well worth the effort.

Children between the ages of six and twelve are at a greater risk of injuries to the mouth as they get more involved with sports activities. Mouth guards are a must, particularly in any contact sport and are encouraged in any sport where impact of any sort might happen. If a tooth is knocked out or broken for any reason the damage is visible enough that parents normally do not be afraid to get help or a referral from their family dentist. Unfortunately, sometimes a loosening of a tooth by trauma is ignored to the detriment of the tooth. Prompt suitable treatment of dental injuries is the secret to saving injured teeth. In the case of a loosened tooth sometimes a simple splint can be applied to stabilize the tooth until it has a chance to heal. An initial x-ray will be necessary to help determine the depth of damage then further assessments for sensitivity and vitality of the tooth or teeth will be done as the healing occurs. It's a small inconvenience when compared to a possible root canal later on.


The things your family dentist and dental team can help you with for your child of six to twelve are:



• Watching possible issues with adult tooth eruption and
Sign In or Register to comment.