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When will the tooth fairy visit?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

lost-a-toothBaby teeth start falling out between the ages of five and seven years. Interestingly, they fall out in kind of the same order they came in: the two front teeth, upper or lower, usually are first to go, followed by their neighbors, then first molars, then canines (eyeteeth).  So, the tooth fairy won’t start visiting your home until your child is about five to seven years old, but it could be a little earlier or later than that, and that’s fine.

By the time your child is around 13 years old, all of her primary teeth will have been replaced by permanent teeth. To ensure that your child’s teeth are kept healthy and free of cavities, it’s important to start a brushing routine with water right from the get go. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents start a brushing routine when teeth first start to appear. When she is old enough to spit it out, you can start using toothpaste, but make it a small (pea-sized) amount of a non-fluoride brand. Toothpaste containing fluoride should not be used until your child is two years old, unless recommended by her dentist. Fluoride mouth rinses should not be given to children under the age of six. Flossing? Start flossing as soon as two teeth start to touch each other.

The ADA recommends that your baby be seen for her first dental visit within six months of the eruption of her first tooth and no later than her first birthday. Sound early to you? Well, the dentist will check the shape of your baby’s mouth, her teeth and gums, but also look for signs of damage caused by thumb sucking. He’ll decide if your tot might need fluoride supplementation earlier than age two, and he’ll set a schedule for regular dental care and visits. Starting healthy habits early will help protect her teeth for a lifetime.