Great dental care as a child will pave the way to healthy teeth as an adult. Read on to learn about the key dental milestones your child should be reaching, and their importance to a healthy smile.
It’s usually between six months and a year of age that a baby’s first tooth begins to emerge from the gums. This means two things: dental care has officially begun, and so has teething. Our pediatric dentists have received specialized training treating children and can advise you as to how to care for your little one's teeth, as well as some of the best ways to handle the teething phase.
First Dental Appointment
Baby’s first visit to the dentist goes hand-in-hand with the appearance of their first tooth. It’s recommended that you get your child into the dentist for the first time within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. They should see a dentist by the time they turn one, even if you haven’t seen any teeth come in yet. Visiting a kid-friendly, pediatric dentist like Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics makes this first step much easier.
Losing a Tooth
When to expect that first visit from the tooth fairy? It’s different for everyone, but it typically starts around the age of six or seven, and the teeth will keep falling out until the age of 12. Here are some tooth fairy charts for girls and for boys to track those lost teeth.
Brushing on Their Own
Experts often say that once a kid can tie their own shoes, they should be able to take on the task of brushing their own teeth, too. This usually happens around the age of six years old. This stage is very individualized since children are all different in their degree of dexterity and level of responsibility. Some young teens can still be bad at thorough brushing. As you work with your child to transition to independent brushing, supervision is key. Make sure your child is brushing correctly, spending enough time doing it, and mastering dental floss, too. This is the time to instill great brushing habits that your child will carry through life, ensuring the health and longevity of their smile.
Caring Pediatric Dental Care
You want your child to have a healthy smile for life. As your child reaches these dental milestone, it’s a good time to reinforce the importance of diligent dental care, healthy eating, and of course, regular visits to the dentist. Here at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics we’re happy to welcome our young patients from Cibolo, Schertz, Northcliffe, Universal City, Selma, Marion, Santa Clara, Bracken, and Garden Ridge, Texas. We'll help you teach them the importance of good dental hygiene. Give us a call today!