Importance Of Good Oral Hygiene In Children


Here at Viva Dental Studio we understand the importance of good oral hygiene in children. We have experienced dentist who will take care of your child’s oral health needs and will make your child feel at ease while at the surgery.


What Age Will My Child’s Tooth Erupt?


The age of tooth eruption in children varies from child to child. If your child’s tooth hasn’t erupted and you have any concerns speak to your dentist who will be able to do a simple x-ray if need be to determine where the tooth may be.

Below is an estimated guide to the eruption dates of baby and adult teeth:


Eruption Times For Baby Teeth:


Upper Teeth

Central Incisor – 8-12 Months

Lateral Incisor – 9-13 Months

Canine – 16-22 Months

First Molar – 13-19 Months

Second Molar – 25-33 Months


Lower Teeth

Central Incisor – 6-10 Months

Lateral Incisor – 10-16 Months

Canine -17-23 Months

First Molar – 14-18 Months

Second Molar – 23-31 Months


Eruption Times For Adult Teeth:


Upper Teeth

Central Incisor – 7-8 Years

Lateral Incisor– 8-9 Years

Canine – 11-12 Years

First Premolar – 10-11 Years

Second Premolar – 10-12 Years

First Molar – 6-7 Years

Second Molar – 11-13 Years

Third Molar – 17-21 Years


Lower Teeth

Central Incisor – 6-7 Years

Lateral Incisor – 7-8 Years

Canine – 9-10 Years

First Premolar – 10-12 Years

Second Premolar – 11-12 Years

First Molar – 6-7 Years

Second Molar – 12-13 Years

Third Molar – 17-21 Years




At What Age & When Should I Bring My Child To The Dentist?


Parents should start to bring children to the dentist as soon as they start getting their baby teeth or by the latest their first birthday. We advise parents to start bringing children to the dentist as early as possible, this is so that the child can become familiar with the surroundings and will be less likely to develop a fear of coming to the dentist. It is recommended that children should have a regular dental examination every 6 months.


What Toothbrush & Toothpaste Is Best For My Child?


There are various toothbrushes available for children from electric to manual. Both manual and electric toothbrushes work well and if your child is using one of them that’s a good start. Make sure the toothbrush head isn’t too big and doesn’t cover more than 2 teeth in width and the bristles of the toothbrush aren’t to hard, as this can put children off.

Many children’s toothpaste available now on the market will come in a variety of flavours making them more appealing to children, but not many of them contain Fluoride. The best toothpaste for children would be one that does contain Fluoride as this helps in preventing and controlling tooth decay. It is recommended that children up until the age of 7 years should use a toothpaste which contains high strength Fluoride.


How To Prevent Cavities In Children


Preventative dentistry in children should start at home, parents should teach and implement a good oral hygiene routine. This should be brushing and flossing twice a day: Once in the morning and once in the evening before bed.

Once a child’s adult teeth come through the dentist can place a thin plastic coating known as a Fissure Sealant on the back teeth to help protect them from decay. A Fluoride Varnish can also be applied to the surface of the teeth to strengthen the enamel, this help prevent decay.


If you would like to book your child in for an Examination with one of our dentist, please contact the surgery on: 01708 446447 or



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