What to Expect at Ages 5-12 Years
  • Brush teeth at least twice a day; after breakfast and
    before bed.

  • Teach children to brush their tongue to remove bacteria from
    the mouth.

  • Coach brushing until age 11 when most kids can brush on their own.

  • An adult should floss for kids under the age of 8.

  • Eruption of permanent teeth may require decision about sealant application.

  • Dentist may recommend a fluoride rinse if child can spit adequately.

  • Dentist may recommend first orthodontic check-up by age 7 or 8 years (earlier or later depending on type of bite problem).

  • Activity in sports increases and the permanent upper incisors are greatest risk for trauma... consider mouth guard for sports.

  • Increased carbohydrate exposures and more challenges to control diet increase the risk for tooth decay.

  • All permanent teeth are generally erupted by age 12, except possibility of four second molars and wisdom teeth.
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