Your Child’s First Tooth!
It is possible that around the age of 5, your child will lose their first tooth, which is certainly an exciting time for them (and we hope you are ready for the tooth fairy!).
Shortly after your child loses their first tooth, a permanent tooth will begin to break through the gums and come in. When this happens, it is a good idea to see a pediatric dentist to ensure the tooth is coming in properly and everything looks good.
Preventing Cavities with Hygiene and Proper Diet
Many parents aren’t aware that children can develop cavities in either their primary teeth or their new permanent teeth if they are not adequately cared for. Here are a few tips to keep your child from developing cavities at such a young age:
- At this age, your child still may drink a lot milk. It’s important that you assist them in adequately cleaning their teeth before bed (don’t let them fall asleep with a cup of milk)!
- Limit the amount of sugary foods that your child consumes, as too much sugar can create the perfect set of circumstances for bacteria to grow and potentially lead to cavities.
You’ll also still need to supervise your child while they brush their teeth at this age. If you teach them proper brushing form and oral care habits at a young age, they’ll be more likely to stick with them for life!
Dental Emergencies Happen!
We probably don’t need to tell you that kids at this age are extremely active and seemingly get into everything! This can lead to a variety of bumps, cuts, and bruises, including possible dental trauma.
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency related to trauma, the best course of action is to take them to the local emergency room, and it is what we usually recommend to parents calling our practice regarding emergencies!