Around 6 years old, permanent teeth start coming into the mouth starting with the 6 year molars. These teeth usually have many deep grooves and sealants are recommended to prevent cavities in these grooves. Studies show that kids don’t have the hand eye coordination to brush properly until 7-8 years old. So be sure to brush after your kids if the plaque is not properly being brushed away. Emphasize brushing in small circles around the gumline to prevent gingivitis. Sometimes interceptive orthodontics is needed at this age. As your child starts their growth spurt, modifications can be made in their facial growth through oral appliances or limited orthodontics. Children also become more active in sports at this age. Mouth guards are recommended to protect your child’s teeth. Ask us about our custom mouth guards.