What is the order of appearance of baby’s baby teeth?
- Between 5 and 8 months, the baby’s first 2 central incisors (front teeth) come out below.
- Between 8 and 10 months, it is the turn of four upper incisors to appear.
- Between 10 and 16 months, the baby’s lower lateral incisors and first molars leave.
- Between 16 and 22 months, the canines come out.
- Finally, when the child reaches the age of 2 to 3 and a half years, the baby’s 20 baby teeth are usually out. (These age ranges are approximate).
At what age do children lose their baby teeth?
In general, they lose them around the age of 7, the last tooth can remain until the age of 12/14 years. During this period, the baby teeth (temporary teeth) are used to eat, talk, smile and most importantly, to create and maintain the spaces of adult teeth.
Taking care of baby
Teeth New teeth can be cleaned with a piece of gauze or a washcloth. As soon as all parts of a tooth can be easily cleaned, you must start brushing them.
How to choose a toothbrush?
The ideal toothbrush for all dentures and the gum tissue surrounding the teeth should be soft, tufted and round-ended. A small brush head is also ideal for children’s mouths. The size of the head varies more according to the size of the mouth than the age. Therefore, the ages indicated for toothbrushes should be considered as indications and not a rule to follow scrupulously in the choice of the ideal brush for your child.
Changing your toothbrush regularly is essential for good oral hygiene. The toothbrush has a real ability to accumulate bacteria at the base of the strands. Therefore, it is best to change toothbrush everyone to three months or immediately after a cold, flu or throat infection.
How much toothpaste should a child use?
The amount of toothpaste to use should not exceed the size of a pea. An excessive amount of toothpaste is not a pleasant sensation for a child and frequent ingestion or swallowing may cause dental fluorosis or “speckled” tooth structure. Parents should always watch the brushing of their children’s teeth.
Is it possible that children ingest too much fluoride?
Yes. Ingesting too much fluoride causes a condition known as fluorosis. Fluorosis causes the appearance, to varying degrees, of spots and uneven enamel formation on the definitive teeth of the child. The fluoride content of most public water systems is at a safe level (1.0 ppm). If your water source is an independent well or if you only consume bottled water, you need to investigate the level of fluoride in the water. Another potential source of excess fluorine is fluoride toothpaste. Children should use a quantity of fluoride toothpaste the size of a pea and spit it out as much as possible. Parents should always watch the brushing of their children’s teeth.
Is it important to use dental floss on children’s teeth?
For both children and adults, the use of dental floss is just as important for good oral hygiene. Each time two teeth touch each other, there is a risk of bacterial deposition.
Using a dental floss will be more effective if the child places his head on his parent’s lap so that he can better access his mouth.
At what age should I take my child to his first visit to the dentist?
In general, when a child has taken out all his baby teeth, it is the right moment for him to pass his first exam. The first cleaning and examination appointment may follow a few months later, depending on the child’s maturity and ability to accept treatment. The goal is to make the first visit to the child’s dentist a positive experience.