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CHILDREN DENTISTRY

Children's first [milk] teeth are important because, they are being needed for chewing and speaking. They help to maintain space for the permanent teeth developing underneath them in the jaws. If the milk teeth are well looked after, then it is more likely that the second [permanent] set of teeth will grow into their correct position.

The first permanent tooth is usually one of the four six-year-molars, so named because they appear around the age of 6. Molars are important because they help to shape the lower part of the child's face as well as determines the position of the other permanent teeth.

A Word Of Caution : The 6 year permanent molars are often mistaken as milk teeth and neglected

Permanent second molars usually appear around age 12. At that time, your child will have a complete set of teeth except for the wisdom teeth or third molars which usually appear between the age of 17 and 25.

Dental Health Tips

With your help, your child can have a lifetime of healthy smiles.

  • A balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums. Children especially need Calcium to help build strong teeth (milk, cheese, etc.).
  • Discourage sugary or starchy snacks.
  • Snack in moderation and include beverages to wash the food particles off the mouth.
  • Set regular snack times to avoid constant exposure to cavity causing foods.
  • Seek early dental care for your young one. Begin oral hygiene when an infants first tooth emerges.
  • Encourage good oral health and hygiene habits early. Have youngsters brush frequently with fluoride toothpaste.

Teaching your child to maintain good dental habits is the beginning of good dental health. Proper personal care and regular visits to the Dentist can keep dental problems to a minimum.

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