Between the ages of six and 12 years, many changes occur in your child’s mouth, along with their normal growth and development. These years cover the transition from all primary teeth to a dentition that is all permanent teeth. During this period, the dental appearance of your child will change significantly, and not all stages are pretty, due to gaps from missing teeth and the perception that the new adult-size permanent teeth are out of proportion to other characteristics of the face. Routine check-ups are important during these years so that any incorrect tooth positions or jaw relationships can be evaluated and orthodontic treatment considered.
In this stage of growth, good oral hygiene cannot be emphasized too strongly. It is important for the primary teeth to stay healthy until they are naturally exfoliated, and the permanent teeth need good care to last a lifetime.
About preventing tooth decay
How to reduce sugar in your child’s meals and snacks
About toothbrushing and between teeth cleaning
How frequently to visit the dentist
Your child’s dentist if you are worried about your child’s dental health or the color of their teeth
Your child’s dentist if your child is taking fluoride supplements or any prescription medicines such as antibiotics
Your child’s dentist if your child is about to start playing contact sports
Supervise your child’s toothbrushing and between-teeth cleaning
Take your child for dental check-ups as frequently as your dentist or pediatrician advises.
Make sure your child wears a mouthguard that is well fitting every time they play a contact sport.
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least 2 minutes.
Floss or carry out interdental cleaning at least once per day.
Regular dental visits are the best way to keep your child’s dental development on track and healthy.
Too many acidic foods and drinks may result in acid erosion.
Avoid sugary snacks and drinks between meals.