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The Stages of Oral Development: 4 - 6

The Stages of Oral Development: 4 - 6

As your child ages, they mouths are caught in a constant process of change. Here, you will be able to learn a bit more about what you can expect from your kid's oral development as they reach the agree range between 4 and 6 years old.

By the time a child has reached the age of 3, most of them have finished developing their primary teeth. By 4, their jaws and social structure begin to develop and grow, creating spaces between their primary teeth.

This occurs so that room becomes available for larger permanent teeth to eventually erupt. Then, beginning around the age of 6 until 12, your child's permanent teeth will begin to erupt.

Remember, primary teeth are just as important in the development process of your child's mouth as their permanent teeth are. the fact that primary teeth eventually fall out doesn't mean that they don't require diligent cleaning and care.

Primary teeth allow your children to speak and chew properly as well as keep space available in their mouths for their permanent teeth to grow in the future as well as guide them into their correct positions. 

When children are between 4 and 6 years old, it's a good ideas to start teaching them to brush and floss their own teeth.

By this time, most children will have developed enough manual dexterity that they will be able to hold a toothbrush and floss properly. They are also often able to understand the steps involved in brushing and flossing as well as why it is important for them to keep their teeth clean. 

This is a great age at which to help children establish good oral hygiene habits that will last for their whole lives. They’ll still need help, guidance and supervision, though, to ensure that they’re thorough enough, and clean each and every tooth.

Read more about brushing and flossing for children here, or get in touch with the team at Smile Town North Delta, and book a consultation appointment. During your child's checkup and cleaning, we'll review the details of good brushing and flossing techniques.

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