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Should I Be Worried About My Son’s 6 Year Molars?

When your son turns 6 years old, their initial transition to adulthood will likely begin. This is the age where he will develop his first set of adult teeth known as 6-year-old molars. His 6-year-old molars will grow in behind his baby teeth.

You may notice that during this process, your son becomes irritated and experiences some discomfort. Rest assured that this is completely normal. Headaches, low-grade fevers, cheek biting, ear pain, and jaw pain are all common symptoms of 6 year molars. The good news is that these symptoms eventually subside and there are certain ways you can help your son find relief.

Most dentists recommend feeding children in the 6-year molar phase more liquids such as yogurt and applesauce as these foods will feel better than harder ones. It’s also important to show your son how to properly brush and floss his teeth. On days where he is particularly uncomfortable, you can give him an over-the-counter pain medication.

This transition from baby teeth to adult teeth will continue until your son turns 12 or 13 years old. During this time period, it’s essential to bring him to the dentist every 6 months or so to ensure that his teeth are growing in properly and there are no issues. A dentist can also provide you and your son with valuable advice on how to avoid complications.

If you are concerned about your son’s 6-year molars for any reason, contact Costa Smiles & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

At What Age Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

Many parents are unsure of when to first take their child to the dentist. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should begin visiting the dentist as early as six months old and no later than one year old.

An early dentist visit can help you ensure that your child’s teeth are growing in correctly and they are not facing any tooth decay. It’s also a great time for a dentist to educate you on how to properly care for your child’s teeth.

At your child’s first dentist appointment, you can expect a dentist to evaluate your child’s mouth and determine whether their teeth are growing in properly. Although x-rays are unlikely, a dentist may perform a brief cleaning. Fortunately, pediatric dentist offices make an effort to create a fun environment for young children and will work with you to ensure your child’s experience is pleasant.

After your child has visited the dentist for the first time, it’s important to schedule regular appointments for them every six months. As your child gets older, these appointments will become longer and include x-rays as well as comprehensive exams and cleanings.

Caring for the Teeth of Babies and Toddlers

Before your child begins teething, you should take a warm, wet washcloth to remove any food or debris from formula and prevent bacteria buildup. You can also invest in a baby toothbrush to clean their baby teeth twice a day.

For more information on dental care for young children, don’t hesitate to reach out to Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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