The lower front baby teeth will normally be shed first at around 6 to 7 years of age. Gradually, the rest of their baby teeth will be lost and replaced by adult teeth until around the age of 12. The last adult teeth to appear are the wisdom teeth, which only erupt during the late teens to early twenties. Including wisdom teeth, adults will have a total of 32 permanent teeth.
If your child’s baby tooth has been knocked out or lost before their permanent tooth is ready to erupt, there is a risk of the surrounding teeth shifting and permanent teeth coming out misaligned. In such cases, we recommend placing space maintainers to prevent your child’s teeth from shifting before the permanent tooth erupts.
When should I start bringing my child to the dentist?
By the age of two, your baby’s teeth should all have erupted. This is a good time to start bringing your child for their first dental check-up, where a gentle cleaning can be done. Introducing your child to a dentist from a young age can help your child get more comfortable with the experience too. It will also help us identify any dental issues from an early age and ensure proper growth of their jaw and teeth. This will reduce the likelihood of oral complications in the later part of their lives, so your child can have a happier and healthier childhood.
If your child is under the age of two and you suspect that there are issues with his or her teeth, you may also bring your child for a checkup at any of our dental clinics in Singapore.
What can I expect at my child’s dental appointment?
Your child’s appointment should last around 30mins. During this time, our dentists will do extraoral and intraoral examinations of their teeth and gums, as well as a gentle cleaning and polishing to remove any plaque and stains. Our dentist will advise you if fillings or more extensive treatment is necessary.
How often does my child need to see a dentist?
Just like adults, kids need to see a dentist regularly too. We encourage you to bring your child for a checkup every 6 months, so that any oral health issues can be nipped in the bud or avoided altogether.
How do I prepare my child to see the dentist?
Parents, you play a big part in helping your child keep a bright and healthy smile on their faces! It’s important that you set up good toothbrushing habits at home so that your child understands the importance of good oral hygiene. Then, when it’s time to visit the dentist, use positive words to describe how the dentist will help them. Avoid using words that might bring to mind pain or fear.
We know that seeing the dentist can be frightening for many children, and we want to change that. That’s why our dentists will take the time to give your child as comfortable and fun an experience as possible.
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It’s natural for kids to be afraid of what they don’t understand. By gently explaining and demonstrating what they are doing, our dentists hope to help our young patients feel more at ease at their dental appointments.
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