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The teeth of babies and children

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What is the normal pattern of eruption of primary teeth?

  • Around the age of 5-8 months, the first 2 central incisors of the baby (front teeth) grow in the lower part
  • 8 to 10 months, four upper incisors grow
  • At 10-16 months, pushing the lower lateral incisors and first molars
  • At 16-22 months the canines grow
  • Finally, when the child reaches the age of 2-3 1/2 years, all 20 baby teeth have already pushed (these age ranges are approximate)

At what age do children lose primary teeth?

Usually, these teeth are lost around the age of 7 years, the last tooth staying in the mouth until the age of 12-14 years. In this time interval, the baby teeth (deciduous teeth) are important to eat, to talk, to smile and, most important, to keep and maintain the areas of permanent teeth.

How much toothpaste can use a child?

The amount of toothpaste used should not exceed the size of a green pea grain. Too much toothpaste is unpleasant for the child and the frequent ingestion of toothpaste can cause dental fluorosis, a condition that could lead to the appearance of spots or, in more serious cases, to severe structural deterioration of the tooth. Parents should always supervise their children while they’re washing their teeth.

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Is it important to clean children’s teeth with dental floss?

Also for children as for adults, flossing has global importance for dental hygiene. When two teeth touch, there is a training potential of interdental bacteria. The flossing is best realized when the child puts his head on the lap of a parent so that the parent can better reach the latter tooth.

At what age should my child go to dentist?

Usually when a child has all milk teeth, this is the best time to have a first examination at the dentist. The first cleaning and the first treatment should occur after a few months, depending on the child’s maturity and of its ability to accept treatment. The goal is to make  the first dentist visit a pleasant experience for your child.

How to choose a toothbrush?

A toothbrush with a rounded end, soft, the plurality of strands is the best for all types of teeth, for the gingival tissue around them. A small end of the brush is ideal for children’s mouths. The appropriate size of the tip depends more on the size of the child’s mouth than his age.

Therefore, the age group indicated on the toothbrush case should be understood as an indication and not as a rule for the correct choice of toothbrush for children. The frequent replacement of the toothbrush is important to the overall dental health.

A toothbrush has the power to remove bacteria from the base of the teeth. It is best to change the toothbrush every month or every three months or just after a cold, flu or infection of the mouth.

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