Dentists at Ballarat Dental Care explains children’s teeth care: Children’s teeth start forming when they are in the womb. Teeth may be seen from the ages of four months, these teeth are known as primary, milk or deciduous teeth. By the age of three, twenty teeth should be present. The rate and the order which the teeth erupt will vary from child to child. The first permanent tooth is seen at around six years.
Children when they are around six to seven years, the primary teeth are exfoliated (fall out). The central incisors on the bottom and the top are the first to go. Generally children become anxious with a loss of a tooth, worrying about blood and pain, but this maybe overcome with the tooth fairy awarding them with some cash incentive.
Children when they are around six years old, the first permanent tooth erupts. The molars erupt first in the upper and lower jaw behind the existing last primary teeth in the jaw. The lower central incisor erupts and it is common that they erupt behind the primary central incisor. But after several weeks, months this will fall in the right position. Other teeth usually erupt where the gaps are present from the shedded teeth.
Parents are the carers for babies and toddlers teeth and it is their responsibility to teach them to look after their teeth, gums and mouths. Children’s teeth should be regularly checked with the dentists and this will help the child to get into a good routine for the rest of the life.
Children’s usage of dummies should be stopped before the eruption of permanent teeth and dummies should not be soaked in any sweet sugary substance Thumb sucking is not a concern until about 4 years of age or until permanent teeth starts to appears after that it is best to be stopped.
Caries can start at an early age in infants, due to incorrect usage of baby bottles filled with juice or soft drinks. Signs of early childhood caries are dull white line across the gum line. Brown or black area around the tooth indicates it is actually a hole.
If you are in need of any dental advice on your child dental treatment done at Ballarat, please call our Children dentists who are also general dentists at Ballarat Dental Care to book your free child dental consultation and speak to our qualified general dentist doing child dental treatment for free under Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS).