Do I have to look after my children’s baby/milk teeth?
Yes. We must treat and look after milk teeth to ensure that the adult teeth can follow them up as correctly as possible in the mouth. Infections and other issues can cause further issues with adult teeth, such as enamel defects or weaker teeth.
What age should I first bring my child to the dentist?
A child’s first trip to the dentist should be fun, and they should come at least once before they are two, ideally before their first birthday. This gives the dentist a chance to check your child’s early progress and also instill that going to the dentist should be a regular occurance in their lives.
At what age should I brush my child’s teeth?
You can start to gently brush your child’s gums with a soft brush even before they have their first tooth. This will help get them used to the tooth-brushing regime.
When will my child start to loose their teeth?
Children usually start to lose their milk teeth at the age of 4, but can be as late as 7. This will continue until around the age of 12, when all of their adult teeth will have pushed the milk teeth out. They will come out in the order they came up in usually.
Will teeth falling out hurt?
Generally no. Children usually enjoy wiggling the tooth as it starts to become loose, but if possible, they shouldn’t pull it out by force as this can expose the root to infection.
Taking care of new teeth
You must continue your brushing regime now more than ever. The teeth the child has now are ones they’ll hopefully be using to smile for the rest of their lives!