Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your child’s smile by visiting a pediatric dentist regularly and taking care of your child’s teeth and gums between checkups. Growing Smiles wants to make sure you and your child get the most out of your visit with Growing Smiles, and your child’s teeth stay healthy for life!
We'll work with you and your child to provide complete dental care, and show you how to maintain a smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Dental cleanings and regular checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular checkup, a Growing Smiles team member will:
- Check for any problems your child may not see or feel
- Look for cavities or other signs of tooth decay
- Inspect your child’s teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Provide a thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Bringing your child to a pediatric dentist every six months gives you the chance to talk with your doctor and receive answers for any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Checkups are also a great way for you to find out about new treatments that may benefit your child.
Choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush
From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it's important to choose the right products for your smile. Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age. For the 2-5 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. Your pediatric dentist can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.
Did you know that at birth, people already have 20 primary (baby) teeth that begin erupting after six months, and that by age 21 there are no more primary teeth and all 32 permanent teeth have erupted?
Getting to know your teeth can be fun and educational!
Click on the links below to learn more facts about your teeth.
- Anatomy of a tooth
- Know your teeth
Age: 6-10 months
Primary lower central incisors erupt.
Age: 8-12 months
Primary upper central incisors erupt.
Age: 9-16 months
Primary upper and lower lateral incisors erupt.
Age: 13-19 months
First molars erupt. The upper molars generally erupt before the lower molars. Average age of shed: 9-11 years.
Age: 16-23 months
Canines erupt. The upper canines generally erupt before the lower canines. Average age of shed: 9-12 years.
Age: 23-33 months
Second molars erupt. Generally the lower molars erupt first, followed by the upper molars. Average age of shed: 10-12 years.
Age: 6-7 years
The primary upper and lower central incisors are shed, and the permanent upper and lower first molars and lower central incisors erupt.
Age: 7-8 years
The primary upper and lower lateral incisors are shed, and the permanent upper central incisors and lower lateral incisors erupt.
Age: 8-9 years
The permanent upper lateral incisors erupt and the primary upper first molars are shed.
Age: 9-10 years
The primary upper and lower canines and the lower first molars are shed, and the permanent lower canines erupt.
Age: 10-12 years
The primary upper and lower second molars are shed, and the permanent upper canines erupt, as well as upper and lower first and second premolars.
Age: 11-13 years
The permanent upper and lower second molars erupt.
Age: 17-21 years
The upper and lower third molars (or wisdom teeth) erupt.