12 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Children’s Oral Health: Part 3
Oral Health of Children
9. At what age can a child be left to brush their own teeth without supervision?
Parents should oversee brushing and flossing their children’s teeth until they are old enough to do it by themselves.
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- Why is it so important to look after baby teeth when they fall out anyway?
First, they are the natural space maintainers for permanent teeth. Losing a baby tooth early can leave no space for the permanent tooth to grow.
Second, the root of the baby tooth is the pathway that guides the new permanent tooth to erupt.
Third, until the age of 12, they have some baby teeth and some permanent teeth, putting the permanent teeth at risk of getting cavities.
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- What are dental sealants? Do children need them? How often should they be applied?
Dental sealant is a liquid that we apply on the chewing surfaces of the tooth to lower the chances of cavities.
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- Is thumb-sucking bad for my child’s teeth?
Thumb-sucking is a bad habit. Breaking the habit of pacifiers is easier on the parents than thumb-sucking. However, the use of pacifiers should be stopped by 18 months, because this exerts an extra force that causes the upper jaw to be narrow and the upper teeth to be pushed forward putting it at risk of breakage.
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