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Dental Milestones: Age 6-9

Getting the right dental care for children ages 6-9 is crucial to their development. Starting around the age of six, your little one’s first permanent molars start to emerge. As their adult teeth develop, their baby teeth begin to come loose.

Learn more about how the experts at Milestone Kids Dentistry help your child develop healthy habits for life.

How Often Should My Child See a Dental Professional?

Developing healthy and consistent dental habits is essential for the longevity of their smile. Generally, a child should start seeing their dentist for cleanings about twice a year. These visits are crucial during the period of 6-8 years. As a child’s adult teeth emerge during the years of 6-8 it is especially important that the child learns how to take care of their teeth. 

We also advise that parents follow the American Academy of Orthodontists recommendation  and start seeing an orthodontist by the time they are 7 years old. While many children won’t need treatment at this time, it gives parents a chance to develop a relationship with an orthodontist they trust. That way, when they do start treatment further down the line, they will already have established a relationship with a professional they trust. 

Every child is different. For example, they may have dental conditions that cause difficulty with eating, chewing, or speech. We will be able to advise you on the appropriate amount of future visits for your child during their first appointment.

Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

It is important to teach your kiddo the skills they will need to take care of their teeth. As their six-year molars emerge, you’ll need to teach them to brush twice a day and use floss daily. 

Most children won’t have developed the proper motor skills they need to brush. It can help to make brushing your teeth a family activity. Monitor their tooth brushing and assist them when necessary. It can do wonders to model your tooth brushing habits for the child. You may need to help your child get in the hard-to-reach areas of their mouth to get rid of plaque. 

Keep in mind that newly emerging teeth can have a yellowed appearance in relation to baby teeth. As these teeth grow in, they will likely develop a more uniform color. 

Don’t Forget To Floss

Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your gums and your smile. About 9 out of every 10 ever cavities start in the grooves between teeth. Getting started as early as possible can help develop this good habit. 

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants protect common cavity spots — like molars or premolars — from developing harmful decay. These sealants block out food, acid, and other harmful materials from reaching these vulnerable areas. Well-maintained sealants may last as long as 4-10 years but should be replaced every 2-4 years. The procedure for sealing a tooth only takes about a minute and is worry-free.

Children Dental Injuries

Injuries are a fact of life — especially as your kiddo starts to explore their world and engage in sports or other active pastimes. Mouthguards feature ultra-light designs that help lessen the chance of catastrophic injuries

We Provide Unmatched Dental Care For Children Age 6-9

Teaching your little ones how to take care of their teeth is one of the most important gifts you can give them. Remember: getting the right dental care for children ages 6-9 can make all the difference in the world. 

At Milestone Kids Dentistry, we provide a fun and constructive place for your child to develop lifelong habits. We create a relaxing environment that helps children of all behavior levels enjoy a positive experience. 

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