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A Guide to Your Child’s Oral Health Care Ages 6-12

28 May 2014, Dabur Dental Team

​As your child continues to grow, you will notice new and exciting abilities that he develops. Around the age of 6, while your child begins to develop some adult like attributes such as responsibility, independence, he is still small and an innocent baby is many ways. The same is the case with his teeth. From the age of 6-12 years, children have a mixture of adult and baby (milk) teeth. By the age of 12, most children have all their adult teeth in place except for the wisdom teeth which erupt between 18 to 21 years of age.

Welcoming New Teeth

Losing teeth can be a very fretful experience for many children. It’s always nice to celebrate with your child, every time a tooth falls out. Stories like Tooth Fairies etc., are popular just for this reason. Other practical snags in loosing teeth involve the difficulty in chewing, speaking and appearing presentable apart from instances of Pain. Thus, what your child needs in abundance during this time period is your patience and support. Healthy food is another thing that is extremely vital for the health of your child’s teeth at this age. Your child's meals and snacks should include a variety of foods from the basic food groups, including fruits and vegetables; grains, including breads and cereals; milk and dairy products; and meat, nuts and seeds. Some snack foods have greater nutritional value than others and will promote your child's growth and development better. However, be aware that even some fresh fruits, if eaten in excess, may promote tooth decay. Children should brush their teeth with the best toothpaste in India- Babool, after snacks and meals. As baby teeth fall out, you must make sure that your child’s brushing routine is regular, no matter what. However take extra care around the loose teeth or sensitive areas. Also, it is absolutely necessary to let the baby teeth fall out on their own. Pulling teeth out can cause pain and infection. Also, if you notice the adult tooth come in before the baby tooth falls out, do consult your child’s dentist.

Cleaning Your Child’s teeth

It is very vital to teach your children all about the importance of keeping their teeth clean, now that they are beginning to grow up. To make them serious about oral hygiene, you must make them follow a dedicated brushing routine right from the start.Till the age of 8 at least, supervise your kid’s brushing sessions.Ensure that your child brushes in front of the mirror so that he can closely watch his brushing movements in the mirror.Make sure he angles the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Make him move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer and inner sides of the teeth and gums. Help him lift his lips to brush the front and back of the teeth and at the gum line. Also make your child brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of the teeth as well as his tongue.In case your child finds it difficult to brush effectively, you may introduce him/her to a powered brush.

It is important that as a vigilant parent, you be aware of the various dental care that can ensure the wellbeing of your child.

Maintaining proper oral hygiene and using the right toothpaste plays a vital role in keeping dental problems away.


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