The Middles

“The Middles” refers to age ranges 5-11 where children start to loose their first baby teeth and start to gain adult or permanent teeth.

What's Most Important During This Time

  • Your child will start to lose their baby teeth!
  • Brushing and flossing are SO important at this age!
  • Remember Sealants! (adult molars erupt around age 6)
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Frequently Asked Questions

When Will My Child Start to Lose Their Baby Teeth?

All of your child’s baby teeth should be in by around 2-3 years old. After, you’ve typically got a few years to wait before baby teeth start falling out and adult teeth come in. Both of these happen around 6-7 years old, with the front baby teeth coming out first, and the first set of permanent molars coming in behind the baby molars in the back. After that, there is a pretty steady flow of teeth coming and going until around 13 years old.

My child plays sports. How should I protect my child's teeth?

A mouth guard should be a top priority on your child’s list of sports equipment. Athletic mouth protectors, or mouth guards, are made of soft plastic and fit comfortably to the shape of the upper teeth. They protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries. Any mouth guard works better than no mouth guard, but a custom-fitted mouth guard fitted by our doctor is your child’s best protection against sports-related injuries.

If my child gets a cavity in a baby tooth, should it still be filled?

Primary or baby teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. Some of them are necessary until a child is 12 years old or longer. Pain, infection of the gums and jaws, impairment of general health and premature loss of teeth are just a few of the problems that can happen when baby teeth are neglected. Tooth decay is really an infection that will spread and could cause decay of permanent teeth. Proper care of baby teeth is instrumental in enhancing the health of your child.

When can my kiddo start brushing on their own?

Kids don’t have the dexterity to brush their own teeth until they can tie their own shoes! Usually around age usually around 5 or 6 years old. From 3-6 years old, its great to allow them to brush for a minute or two, and then brush their teeth yourself for a minute or two. SO important. “Kissing cavities”, or cavities on the touching surfaces of teeth, are one of the most common types of cavities we see in primary and permanent molars. As soon as your child’s molars are in, make sure to floss every day to keep sugar bugs out of those hiding spots.

Is my child getting enough fluoride?

Fluoride dramatically decreases a person’s chances of getting cavities by making teeth stronger. Fluoride in the drinking water is the best and easiest way to get it, but to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride, have your pediatric district evaluate the fluoride level of your child’s primary source of water. If your child is not getting enough fluoride via water (especially in communities where the water district does not fluoridate the water or if your child drinks bottled water without fluoride), your pediatric dentist may prescribe fluoride supplements.

What are dental sealants and how do they work?

Sealants are clear or shaded plastic applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, which are hard to clean, and shut out food particles that could get caught, causing cavities. Fast and comfortable to apply, sealants can effectively protect teeth for many years.

After kiddos get their first adult molars around age 6 which is a great time to talk to our doctors about sealants! Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting teeth against decay-causing bacteria.

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