Late Middle Childhood 9-12 Years2018-11-21T19:52:36+00:00

Late Middle Childhood 9-12 Years

When you whisper secrets in your friend’s ear, don’t let them catch a whiff of that morning breath!

What’s Happening Now?

Tooth Fairy time 2.0.
The next few years will be a busy time for baby teeth getting loose, falling out and new permanent teeth growing in.
Entering puberty- changes though the entire body- including the mouth.

Nutrition

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet

  • You may have a budding little sous chef

Injury Prevention

  • Sports mouthguard, helmets, face protector

  • Talk to your doctor about HPV vaccination

Teeth and Mouth

  • Brush morning and night

  • Floss at night

  • Time for a first orthodontic evaluation

  • Clean retainers daily if Phase I braces have been done

Did You Know?

  • By age 12, most kids will have most of their permanent teeth in

  • Good oral hygiene is imperative for healthy gums during the teenage years

  • The World Health Organization suggests no more than 12 grams of total sugar (natural or added) per day for children and 25 grams (around 6 teaspoons) for adults

  • Injuries to the mouth can occur during sports- protect the teeth with a mouthguard

  • HPV is not preventable. HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls aged 11-12.

  • The nerves in teeth are very large when the teeth first grow in, teeth sensitivity to cold foods and drinks can occur

  • Most yellow teeth are from stain that has accumulated on the teeth- whiteners are usually not needed- just a good cleaning

Did You Know?

  • By age 12, most kids will have most of their permanent teeth in

  • Good oral hygiene is imperative for healthy gums during the teenage years

  • The World Health Organization suggests no more than 12 grams of total sugar (natural or added) per day for children and 25 grams (around 6 teaspoons) for adults

  • Injuries to the mouth can occur during sports- protect the teeth with a mouthguard

  • HPV is not preventable. HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls aged 11-12.

  • The nerves in teeth are very large when the teeth first grow in, teeth sensitivity to cold foods and drinks can occur

  • Most yellow teeth are from stain that has accumulated on the teeth- whiteners are usually not needed- just a good cleaning

Cavities

  • As the hormonal changes that accompany puberty kick in, so can gingivitis (gum inflammation).

  • Inflamed and puffy gums can trap more food (plaque) and cause cavities.

  • Kids in the first phase of braces are at higher risk for cavities because the braces can trap food and keep it in close contact with the teeth for long periods of time

  • More filling foods will allow your child to eat less frequently and give the bacteria less opportunity to make acid that causes cavities

Cavities

  • As the hormonal changes that accompany puberty kick in, so can gingivitis (gum inflammation).

  • Inflamed and puffy gums can trap more food (plaque) and cause cavities.

  • Kids in the first phase of braces are at higher risk for cavities because the braces can trap food and keep it in close contact with the teeth for long periods of time

  • More filling foods will allow your child to eat less frequently and give the bacteria less opportunity to make acid that causes cavities

Why Does My Child Need to See the Dentist?

  • You don’t want your child’s first dental visit to be an emergency because of pain or injury.

  • By the time a tooth hurts, the problem is already pretty severe.

  • When your child has had the opportunity to be familiar with an office, it is a lot less scary if dental treatment is needed.

Why Does My Child Need to See the Dentist?

  • You don’t want your child’s first dental visit to be an emergency because of pain or injury.

  • By the time a tooth hurts, the problem is already pretty severe.

  • When your child has had the opportunity to be familiar with an office, it is a lot less scary if dental treatment is needed.

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Doctor Woo is Awesome! My friend recommended her to me for my daughter, and I have been taking her there ever since! Doctor Woo is very patient and understanding, she is also very detailed when she is explaining my daughter's teeth condition, I recommend her to any children that is thinking about going to a new dentistry, Doctor Woo is the best.

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