long does it take until all adult teeth are in place?
Children can start losing their baby teeth anywhere
from about the age of 5 to about 7. Usually the two front teeth on the bottom
are the first teeth to be replaced. Your second molars typically appear by age
12 to 13. Some people have third molars which are sometimes called "wisdom
teeth" these can appear after age 16.
Should children use a different toothbrush than
Children should use smaller brushes with shorter
brushing planes in proportion to the size of their mouths. Most children use
brushes that are too big to be easily maneuvered into small spaces in their
mouth. By the way, in addition to changing brush every three months or when the
bristles appear worn, it's a good idea to toss those brushes after colds or sore
Should children use the same toothpaste as
All that you need from your toothpaste is the
fluoride that helps strengthen your teeth and protects them from cavities. The
time you should spend brushing and your technique are more important, so go with
the flavor you prefer. Remember only a pea-sized drop of paste on your brush is
all that is necessary.
Why is candy and other sugary foods bad for
Sugar on the tooth surface is changed to acid
within 5 minutes time. The acid acts to dissolve the tooth surface. When this
happens often enough, the tooth surface breaks down. At first you see white
spots (known as areas of demineralization), then dental decay occurs.
How many times each day should teeth be brushed? And
The two really important times to brush your teeth
are in the morning after breakfast and at night before you go to bed. Any extra
times you brush during the day is great particularly after eating sticky and