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What Parents Need To Know About Our Permanent Teeth

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

 
Our teeth are something that many of us take for granted until there is a problem. Parents must teach their children about their teeth and the importance of caring for them. You can do this in many ways. It can be done in a fun and creative way, which is an excellent method to help engage with your child on the subject. Below are some of the facts you need to teach your kids and what they need to do to keep them shining bright and white.


How Many Teeth Do We Have?

Children are born without any teeth in their mouths visible, although they are growing under the gums. Children's teeth start to come through at about six months old, and they keep coming until they are two or three years old. There are 20 baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, with ten on the upper and lower jaws. Our adult teeth eventually replace these, and we have 32 of these in total.

When Do We Get Our Permanent Teeth

The age we get our permanent teeth can vary, but we start to lose our primary teeth between about six and twelve years old on average. As we get older, we develop more molar teeth at the back of our mouths, and these are usually some of the last teeth to come through the gums. However, the last teeth to develop in our mouths are wisdom teeth or third molars, and these usually develop between the ages of 17 and 21. You must take your kids to a childrens dentist in Sydney, or wherever you live, to ensure their teeth develop correctly and without any problems.

Caring For Our Teeth

One of the most important lessons we can teach our children about their teeth is how to care for them correctly. It is vital that you get them into the habit of caring for their teeth correctly to help protect their smiles and keep them shining white into adulthood. Ideally, you will teach your children to brush their teeth thoroughly after every meal or at least twice a day. If you eat and cannot brush your teeth, you can swish water in your mouth and spit this out which can help remove and particles of food left over. You will also need to teach them to floss their teeth every day which will remove and trapped bits of food that are between the teeth. Eating a healthy and varied diet will not only help care for their teeth but their overall health as well and stopping them from consuming too much sugar is vital to ensure their teeth develop correctly.

The final step is to get them used to go to the dentist regularly, and you will want to take them at least every six months or more if they are having problems. Introducing your children to the dentist from an early age can also help prevent them from developing a phobia of going to the dentist. Take the time to educate your children on their teeth and how to care for them correctly, and you will be able to enjoy their winning smiles for many years to come.


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