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Children 3 - 12 Years 

Growing up, learning, becoming a complete human beeing is the most exiting development in a childs life. During this time our body and teeth undergo major changes. From 3 to 12 years our dentition is transformed from baby to grown up (primary to adult) dentition.

What can you expect?

  • First loose tooth at about 6 years.
  • Getting money from the "tooth fairy".
  • New teeth with an "ugly duckling" look.
  • Getting to know your dentist better.
  • Getting braces from 10 years onward.
Children 3 - 6 Years 

After our primary teeth have erupted completely at about 30 months, our mouth stays pretty stable till about 6 years of age.

What are the most important stages towards a beautiful smile?

  • Getting to know your dentist. This is about trust and not so much about your teeth.
  • Having regular checks. This prevents large cavities and abscesses.
  • Retaining your baby teeth till they fall out will stimulate normal growth and dental development.
  • Putting the brakes on sucking! Sucking a thumb or finger after 5 or 6 years can cause major dental problems. Stopping these habits can be done by using special appliances for a specific time.
  • At about 6 years, a big new tooth will come out behind the last baby molar. This is called the 6-year molar and is a permanent tooth.
Children 6 - 10 Years 

From about 5 to 6 years onwards the front teeth will become loose and the permanent teeth will come through. Children adapt to these changes easily. Parents can help by keeping an eye on what is happening.

  • Baby teeth become loose because the new tooth underneath dissolves the root of the baby tooth.
  • Wriggling loose baby teeth may speed up exfoliation.
  • If a new tooth erupts next to a baby tooth, the baby tooth may have to be removed.
  • In cases where no permanent teeth are coming, the baby tooth may stay in place for many years.
  • Baby teeth are important to keep the space for the permanent teeth. They must be maintained until they change naturally.
  • Some kids may still have baby teeth until 14 years. This should be checked by your dentist.
Children 10 - 14 Years 

At 10 years the upper and lower front teeth should have been replaced by permanent teeth. Between 10-12 years all teeth should change and by 13 years all permanent teeth should be present.

What can be expected during this time?
  • Teeth erupting scewly, either to far to the cheek or towards the inside of the mouth.
  • Protruding upper front teeth.
  • Braces, either as preparation for future tooth eruption or to straighten existing teeth.
  • First decay in the fine grooves (fissures) on the chewing surface of the tooth.
  • Teeth should be sealed or screened regularly using laser technology. This prevents deep cavities which can develop rapidly (6-12 months) in teenagers.
  • If teeth and jaws are malaligned, braces may be indicated to correct the situation.
  • Successful braces can be a gift for life.