All of a child's 20
primary (baby) teeth usually break through the gums (erupt) between the ages of
6 months and 3 years. Then the
permanent teeth begin to emerge, usually starting at
about age 6. Your child probably had his or her first trip to the dentist
between 6 and 12 months of age, and now you probably have regular appointments
set up. If for some reason your child has not yet seen a dentist, make an
appointment for an exam.
Your 3- to 6-year-old child will be
busily developing language skills and exploring the ever-widening world. Hard
as it is to get a preschooler to sit still, this is the age during which you
can teach good dental health habits.
After your child's permanent teeth begin to appear, usually
around age 6, talk with your dentist about having dental sealant placed on the
Sealants are made of hard plastic and protect the
chewing surfaces of the back teeth from decay.
Children play hard,
sometimes hard enough to knock out or break a tooth. Learn how to prevent
injuries to teeth, and what to do in a dental emergency. For more information,
see the topic Mouth and Dental Injuries.
American Dental Association (2009). ADA policy on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Available online: http://www.ada.org/news/929.aspx.
January 7, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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