Caring Properly for a Child’s Molars Before They Erupt

Caring Properly for a Child’s Molars Before They Erupt

Caring Properly for a Child’s Molars Before They Erupt


Children need to learn to care for their teeth early on as first molars, which play a key role in chewing, begin to grow in as early as 6 or 7 years of age. Second molars begin to erupt by age 11 and are usually all in by age 13. Then wisdom teeth erupt between ages 17 and 21 assuming they are not impacted.

How can your child take care of newly emerging molars as well as those that have not erupted yet?

Properly Caring for Teeth and Gums Through Oral Hygiene

As molars being to grow in, brushing along the gumline at a 45-degree angle becomes even more vital. This is the only way to keep food from getting caught in the gums as teeth are erupting. Rotting debris can quickly erode teeth even before they finish breaking through the gum surface. That can lead to early cavities and a future of root canals and tooth extractions.

Brushing twice per day, flossing, and taking good care of the gums is vital. Not only is the angle important but brushstrokes should also be taken into consideration. Circular brushstrokes are the best for cleaning the surface of the tooth and along the gumline. It is even important to brush the tongue to clear away bacteria. Otherwise, the tongue may transfer bacteria right back to the teeth and gums it was brushed away from.

Teaching Preventative Oral Care to Children

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, our focus is on prevention and helping your kids to understand the importance of daily oral care. To get your kids on the path to dental wellness and to schedule a professional cleaning, call BRSH+FLSS today at 619-741-1500.