Milestones for 6-9 Year Olds
- At this age, most children will get their 6 year molars. These permanent teeth usually have deep grooves and sealants are recommended to prevent cavities on the biting surface of these teeth.
- Continue having your child brush two times a day with a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day.
- Studies show that most kids don’t have the hand-eye coordination to brush properly until 8 years old. Be sure to brush after your child if the plaque is not properly being brushed away. Don’t forget to brush along the gums to prevent gingivitis and between-tooth decay.
- Most children begin to lose their front baby teeth at this time. You should encourage your child to help wiggle out the loose baby teeth to avoid two rows of teeth at the same time (also known as “shark teeth”). If you can’t wiggle out the baby tooth, or aren’t sure whether the loose tooth is a baby tooth or an adult tooth, make an appointment with us for an evaluation.
- We recommend that all children see the orthodontist at age 7 for a screening exam. Some children need early orthodontic intervention and it is important that an orthodontist have the opportunity to coordinate braces or oral appliances in conjunction with your child’s growth spurt.
- Children become more active in sports at this age and mouth guards are recommended to protect your child’s teeth. Ask us about our custom mouth guards.
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