Time For Primary School AND Primary Teeth?

Family young kids smileYoung children turning five or six this fall might be excited about more than just starting school for the first time. They could also be eagerly anticipating their very first visit from the Tooth Fairy.

Losing that first baby or “primary” tooth is not an overnight process. It could be months from the time you first notice a loose tooth until it actually falls (or gets wiggled) out. The loss of baby teeth indicates that your new, little student is not only beginning the path toward adulthood but also, we hope, a lifetime of good dental hygiene.

“Baby teeth are necessary for chewing and speaking,” says Dr. Spennato.  “They also serve as placeholders for future permanent teeth, which means they should be cared for with regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups.”

When the first permanent molars appear, parents will want to consider dental sealants for their children before decay even has a chance to form. Sealants are applied quickly and without any discomfort. The chewing surfaces of the new molars are “painted” with a clear, protective covering to help keep your child’s teeth cavity-free.