The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or 6 months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
All a child's "baby teeth" should be in between 2-3 years old. Baby teeth are also called primary, or deciduous teeth, because they're temporary and they fall out. A full set of baby teeth is 20 teeth: 20 on the top and 10 on the bottom.
Your child will begin losing their primary teeth around the age of 6. The first teeth to be lost are the central incisors. This is then followed by the eruption of the first permanent molars. The last baby tooth is usually lost around the age of 12, and it is the cuspid or second molar.
Here's how fluoride works: Your mouth contains bacteria that feed on the sugars in the foods we eat and the beverages we drink. This produces acid that can wear away the hard, outer shell of your tooth (enamel). This can lead to cavities. Fluoride protects teeth by making the your teeth stronger and more resistant to acid. It not only reduces the risk of cavities, it can even help reverse early signs of decay.
Sealants can be another way to keep your child from getting cavities, but they’re no substitute for brushing and flossing. A sealant is a thin, protective coating that Dr. Bahu can place on the chewing surfaces of your child’s permanent back teeth (called molars). Once they’re on, sealants work to keep cavity-causing bacteria and bits of food from settling into the nooks and crannies your child’s toothbrush can’t reach. This helps keep cavities from forming and tiny existing spots of decay from getting worse.
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