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Stages Of Dental Development

Just The Two Of You

It might be hard to imagine, but a fetus begins to form tiny teeth buds as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

A mother's oral health is essential to the health of the fetus. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to gingivitis, or gum disease, which may travel through the blood stream to the uterus, and to the baby, sometimes causing premature labor and lower birth weight. If you're expecting, make sure you see us regularly during your pregnancy, and pay particular attention to your oral health home care.

From Birth To Two Years

You should begin your new baby's mouth care a few days after birth. Plaque and bacteria will begin to collect on baby's gums after every feeding. Clean the gums by gently massaging them with your (clean) finger, and later a damp cloth. And never ever let your baby lie in bed with a bottle of milk or juice as a comfort. This can lead quickly to a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay, which is very serious. Also watch your child's intake of sweets. The time for your baby's first dental visit is between the ages of two and three.

Three To Six: Toddler To Schoolchild

Brushing and flossing! During these years, children learn the basics of daily, regular oral health care. Supervise brushing at least twice daily, and always at bedtime. Start to teach your child to choose healthy alternatives to soft drinks and sweets. Schedule regular checkups with us for preventive care. Teach your child that dental visits are not scary!

Seven To Twelve: The Tooth Fairy!

This is about the time when your child's baby teeth are replaced by the permanent for-a-lifetime set. These years are also critical ones for reinforcing regular oral health care habits. Be firm! Set a specific time for brushing, after breakfast and before bedtime, and no skipping allowed. If your child participates in body-contact sports, make sure you introduce him or her to mouthguards to protect those precious teeth. Gum disease is also possible at this age, so make sure that flossing accompanies brushing at least once a day.

Thirteen To Eighteen: The Hormones Cometh

Teenagers are even more susceptible to tooth decay than adults, usually because of their diet and inadequate oral care. As if adolescence wasn't tough enough with appearance and self-image being so important! Teen teeth need tough love. Teens enjoy soft drinks and snacks, wisdom teeth arrive, and often braces are needed (along with extra care). Every opportunity should be taken to emphasize the lifelong importance of professional and personal care. And make sure your teen knows that bad breath can be cured by doing all the boring home care their parents keep harping about!

If you need a dentist in Winnipeg that is an expert in Children's dentistry, contact the Tuxedo Dental Group.

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