Good Matters™ Blog

Posted on March 1st, 2012

Oral Care for Growing Kids

Posted by Susanne, Associate Brand Manager and resident Registered Dental Hygienist

Did you know that one of our brand managers is also a registered dental hygienist? When we need advice on how to best take advantage of our natural toothpaste, natural mouthwash or naturally waxed dental floss, we like to ask Susanne.

Dear Susanne,

My six year old son has just lost his two front baby teeth and the new permanent teeth are just starting to poke through. He’s always been a good brusher, but with this new stage I’m starting to wonder… Is there more I should be doing to protect his teeth from cavities?

Signed,

Concerned Parent

Dear Concerned,

Children typically start to lose their baby teeth and replace them with adult teeth when they are 6 or 7 years old. Some children start losing teeth earlier; others start later. Can you believe my oldest son tried to knock out his own front baby teeth in second grade because he felt left out from all his toothless friends?

Really, the order that your child’s teeth come in is more important than when they start to come in. Most often, the first permanent teeth to come in are the lower front four teeth. However, some children get their first permanent molars (sometimes called the 6-year molars) first. Remember, the 6-year molars come in behind the primary or baby molars. Way in the back. Sneaky! They do not replace primary teeth. Supervise brushing to make sure they get all the way back to reach the newly emerging teeth. Using a two minute egg timer helps children brush longer (and hopefully better).

Some parents like to add a fluoride rinse to their child’s bedtime routine, and if you do too, this is the time. I’m personally a fan of our Children’s Juicy Mint Anticavity Rinse. It doesn’t have any of the artificial dyes or sweeteners you might find in other brands.  Parents should supervise their children to make sure they are spitting out the rinse after swishing for one full minute. My boys made spitting into the sink a hilarious nightly game of who could spit the best!

The ultimate goal? A cavity-free smile to last a lifetime!

Smile,

Susanne

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