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Losing Baby Teeth: Your Kelowna Dentists’ Guide to Getting Big Teeth

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It probably seems like it was just yesterday when your son was cranky and red-cheeked with the arrival of his first teeth. Now, he’s losing them. Since your child’s adult teeth are going to be around for a while, our Kelowna dental clinic suggest several steps to help take care of those new big teeth.

Most kids start losing baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, at around age six. Permanent teeth, starting with the molars at the back of the mouth, begin popping up until their mouths are filled with adult teeth at about age 12.

This chart from the Canadian Dental Association gives you a picture of which teeth are likely to fall out and when.

What should you do with a loose tooth?

While your child might be excited about the arrival of new teeth, and the promise of a gift from the tooth fairy, but discourage him or her from wiggling teeth that aren’t loose.

If a tooth is already pretty loose and on its way out, simply grip it with a Kleenex and twist. If the tooth is ready to be removed, you won’t see much bleeding.

If a tooth isn’t coming out but it’s been loose for a while, you might want to visit your dentists in Kelowna. Some dentists will extract the tooth for you at the dental clinic while others will suggest waiting for it to come out on its own.

How can you help your child take care of new teeth?

  • Regular dental visits. Your child should be visiting your Kelowna dental centre every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Our family-friendly dentists can help your child see how proper oral care can be fun as well as important.
  • Eating and drinking in healthy ways. Choosing fresh foods for meals and snacks helps prevent tooth decay, as does offering water rather than pop or juice, especially between meals.
  • Regular brushing. Hopefully your child is already in the habit of brushing at least twice a day. When you’re at the dental clinic, ask if your son is ready for flossing and for tips to help him floss his own teeth at bedtime.
  • Consider fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Some Kelowna dentists promote placing dental sealants (plastic coatings) on permanent molars to block cavities. Your dentist might also recommend additional fluoride treatments if she’s showing signs of plaque build-up, infection, or gum disease.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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