School Years, Ages 4-12

This is a crucial time in your child’s oral health because the teeth that come in during this stage are permanent. These teeth will continue to come in until about age 13. Insisting on good oral habits for your child while they are young will set them up for great oral health in the future.

  • As soon as your child understands that they need to spit toothpaste out instead of swallowing it, they can start putting toothpaste on their toothbrush and brushing their teeth on their own.
  • Diet plays a large role in keeping your child’s teeth healthy. Opt for snacks like cheese, yogurt, lean meats, and fruits and veggies.
  • When your child does have sweets, having him eat it with a meal helps to wash away food particles and reduce the chance of cavities.
  • Keep an eye on how permanent teeth are coming in. If needed, braces are usually applied between 8 and 14 years old and are typically worn for one to three years. Signs your child may need braces:
    • Trouble chewing or biting
    • Crowded teeth
    • Biting cheeks or roof of mouth
    • Early or late loss of baby teeth