What You Need to Know and Do About Dental Development for Your Kids Better Oral Health and Teeth
Are you worried about your child’s oral health? As a parent, keeping up with your child’s milestones is important but we usually pay attention to their height, weight and other aspects of their bodies and neglect their dental milestones which are equally important to develop their ability to eat and smile properly. This also helps you identify what’s normal for your child’s oral health and what you can talk to your dentist about and take the necessary precautionary steps to prevent this.
Admittedly your child’s baby teeth won’t last forever but they’ll definitely set the stage for their permanent teeth that will follow. By keeping track of your child’s oral milestones, you will be able to take precautionary measures in time and also save yourself a lot of money.
Here are 4 Different Stages of Tooth Development in Your Children:
1. Baby Teeth Eruption Known as Primary Teeth
Primary teeth begin to come through a couple of months after birth and the entire set of 20 teeth usually erupts by the age of 3 years. Primary teeth are important as they act as the foundation for the permanent teeth and a great smile.
Having properly spaced teeth will make eating and chewing a lot easier for your children which ensures that they get the proper nourishment they need to optimize their overall body development.Primary teeth allow your child to speak properly as well as allowing correct syllable pronunciation. Keep visiting your dentist to keep on properly monitoring your child’s oral development and progress.
2. Onset of Primary Teeth
Once your children start to lose their baby teeth and the permanent teeth start coming through, they have a “mixed detention” which has its own set of concerns. Your child may begin to become involved in sport at this age, have a bad choice in diet or have a set of teeth that are either too cramped or too far apart. Regular dental visits will help you identify any oral problems early on so make sure to take preventative measures early on. Preventative measures can include:
● Nutritional counseling
● Ensuring that your child uses a gum guard to protect his teeth
● Fluoride treatment and dental sealants to prevent further decay
● Referring your child to an orthodontist
3. Does Your Child Need Braces?
Once your child is in his teens then he will begin to appreciate the importance of having a good and healthy smile as well as maintaining it. This is the perfect age for your children to get braces to re-align their teeth properly. If your child’s teeth happen to be misaligned then your dentist may suggest getting braces to re-align his teeth during their teen years.
4. Is There Enough Space for Your Child’s Wisdom Teeth?
The eruption of your child’s wisdom teeth need regular monitoring and regular visits to the dentist can help your child’s mouth transition into a healthy adult mouth.
Most teenagers don’t have enough space for their third molars which are also known as the wisdom teeth. Thus it may be necessary for your child to have a few of his wisdom teeth removed as leaving them there leads to pain, infection and the shifting of their other teeth.
Visit Your Family Dentist Regularly
Taking care of your child’s teeth is very simple if you instill proper oral practices, monitor their oral development and make sure that they visit the family dentist twice every year. By starting them off early and scheduling regular dental visits, you will be setting your child on the right path towards a lifetime of healthy smiles.
A dental marketer at Michael G. Long DDS and a believer in holistic health, Grace Clark lives by the rule that health and happiness go hand in hand. She writes on various topics focusing on dental and oral hygiene, healthy living and holistic health. When she’s not working or blogging, she enjoys spending her time with her family and volunteering at the local youth centers where she educates children about the importance of health and fitness.