Middle Childhood 5-8 Years2018-11-21T19:48:43+00:00

Middle Childhood 5-8 Years

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What’s Happening Now?

Around age 5 ½ your child may notice the front teeth getting loose.
The bottom front ones usually come out first.
When the new molars grow in, sealants are a great way to protect them from cavities.
Some kids may have braces and expanders.

Nutrition

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Provide nutritious meals and healthy snacks

  • Encourage participation in food making

Injury Prevention

  • Sports mouthguard, helmets, face protector

Teeth and Mouth

  • Brush 2/day

  • Floss at night

  • Don’t forget to brush the new teeth in the back

  • Supervision/assistance still needed

  • Maybe time for a first evaluation for braces

Did You Know?

  • Don’t despair if you child gets the “6-year-old-molar” (first permanent molar) before a front tooth falls out.

  • By age 8, the enamel has completely formed on most permanent teeth

  • This is a great age to teach kids how to choose healthy foods and help with preparing food

  • By age 7-8 most kids will have developed the dexterity to brush on their own

  • They will still need help with flossing.

  • The gums may become sore as the baby teeth are getting loose and falling out.

  • Good brushing technique helps the gums be less sore.

  • Sensitivity to cold foods/drinks can occur when the teeth first grow in because the nerve is large.

  • The permanent teeth are always more “yellow” in color than the baby teeth- this is normal and is especially obvious because they are right next to the “whiter” baby teeth.

Did You Know?

  • Don’t despair if you child gets the “6-year-old-molar” (first permanent molar) before a front tooth falls out.

  • By age 8, the enamel has completely formed on most permanent teeth

  • This is a great age to teach kids how to choose healthy foods and help with preparing food

  • By age 7-8 most kids will have developed the dexterity to brush on their own

  • They will still need help with flossing.

  • The gums may become sore as the baby teeth are getting loose and falling out.

  • Good brushing technique helps the gums be less sore.

  • Sensitivity to cold foods/drinks can occur when the teeth first grow in because the nerve is large.

  • The permanent teeth are always more “yellow” in color than the baby teeth- this is normal and is especially obvious because they are right next to the “whiter” baby teeth.

Cavities

  • The first permanent molars (aka 6 year-old-molars) are in now

  • The grooves/crevices on the biting surface are a place where plaque can get trapped.

  • Protect them with dental sealants.

  • Sealants are a thin version of our filling material that is painted into the deep grooves and crevices of the back teeth.

  • Your newly independent brusher and flosser may be resistant to having you help. Watch where your little one is missing with brushing and flossing and start there when you help.

  • Eating more often than every 2-3 hours give bacteria a constant food source to make acid that causes cavities

Cavities

  • The first permanent molars (aka 6 year-old-molars) are in now

  • The grooves/crevices on the biting surface are a place where plaque can get trapped.

  • Protect them with dental sealants.

  • Sealants are a thin version of our filling material that is painted into the deep grooves and crevices of the back teeth.

  • Your newly independent brusher and flosser may be resistant to having you help. Watch where your little one is missing with brushing and flossing and start there when you help.

  • Eating more often than every 2-3 hours give bacteria a constant food source 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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