Tips for healthy teeth for preschool kids

Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the time they are three. Children lose baby teeth at 6-12 years of age. Prevent tooth decay by brushing teeth twice a day and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. Use low-fluoride toothpaste if your child is younger than six. Use adult fluoride toothpaste after your child turns six.

Your child might find chewing is more difficult when teeth are loose or missing, but your child still needs to eat healthy foods. Sometimes an adult tooth will come through before the baby tooth has fallen out. If the baby tooth hasn’t fallen out within 2-3 months, see your dentist. Your child needs your supervision and help with brushing until they are at least eight years old.

Losing your teeth can be an exciting but anxious time. You can help your child feel better about it by celebrating each time a tooth falls out. Take your child to the dentist for check-ups every 6-12 months.

What to expect in the check up?

Your dentist will do thorough assessment of your child’s teeth, gums and teeth arches. Your dentist might recommend dental sealants for your school-age children to prevent caries on chewing surface of molars. Your dentist can also advise you if your child will benefit from plates to avoid full braces treatment in future. Dentist might take some X-rays as well if they are suspecting any cavities in between teeth surfaces. Dentist might apply fluoride on your child’s teeth to ensure strength and protection against dental cavities.