When They Get Their Permanent Molars
Molars are the flat teeth at the back of the mouth. Your child's first molars (premolars) will erupt around the age of 6, and their second molars will appear around the age of 12. These teeth help with chewing and grinding of food. Because of their rough and uneven surface, food particles and cavity-causing bacteria can get trapped there. Although brushing and interdental cleaning is a good way to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria, it isn't easy to clean this hard-to-reach area. Luckily, you can reduce the risk of your child getting cavities with dental sealants. Sealants are a protective cover that sticks to the chewing part of the teeth, stopping foods and bacteria from getting stuck there. You can consult with your dentist as soon as your toddler's first molars erupt. The sooner they get them, the better!
Regular dentist visits are an important part of your child's oral health. Although they may seem scary for children at first, you can always remind your child that the dentist is there to help them keep a healthy and beautiful smile. Make each check-in easier and comfortable for them by bringing their favorite toy. You could even reward their bravery with a fun tooth fairy certificate!