Although your child will eventually lose all her baby teeth by the time she is about 12 years old, you should help your child take good care of them. When the baby teeth are replaced by the permanent set, it is even more important that these teeth are well taken care of, as they are meant to last a lifetime.
Impress upon your child the importance of regular tooth brushing and check to ensure that she is brushing correctly.
- Place the toothbrush bristles at the junction between the gums and teeth.
- Brush all the three surfaces of the teeth – the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of upper and lower teeth. Spend at least three minutes brushing.
- Change the toothbrush when the bristles wear out. A worn-out toothbrush is less effective in removing dental plaque and may even injure the gums.
- Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.
- Rinse the toothbrush thoroughly to ensure cleanliness.
Eruption of permanent teeth – what to expect?
- The baby tooth becomes loose before it comes off completely.
- Some bleeding may occur. Use cotton gauze and apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding.
- A small white tip may be seen after the baby tooth has fallen off. This is usually the tip of the erupting permanent tooth.
Sometimes, the baby tooth remains firm even though the permanent tooth has begun to erupt. In such cases, it may be necessary to extract the baby tooth to allow the permanent tooth to erupt properly.
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