Stages of Oral Development 6 - 12

Posted Jun 22nd, 2016 in General Information

Stages of Oral Development 6 - 12

Between 6 and 12, many things will change inside your children’s mouths. By the age of 12, almost all of the permanent teeth will have erupted.


This time period actually encompasses more or less the whole eruption process of the adult teeth!

While in some kids, permanent teeth begin to come in a bit earlier than this, and the wisdom teeth usually only erupt in the late teens or early 20s, this is the time period during which the most of the permanent tooth eruption occurs.

This time period is one that many parents find particularly cute in their children, because throughout it, their mouths are typically in various states of toothlessness that can be quite endearing. And this is also the exciting time when the tooth fairy starts making regular visits!

Oral Hygiene

By the age of 6, most children are able to brush and floss independently, with some supervision. By 12, children should have a comprehensive understanding of the importance of regular oral hygiene, and can be trusted to brush and floss carefully by themselves, provided they’ve had lots of guidance growing up.

On the other hand, 12 year olds are also at a point when they’re just about to enter into their teens. This means they can be little more independent and also a little more rebellious, meaning that parents may have to reassert the importance of proper oral hygiene.

Much of the above depends on your child’s personality, his or her past experiences with oral health care, and how meticulous his or her oral hygiene routine has been throughout childhood.

If you have questions about the various oral development stages that your child will go through, you can learn more about them here and here, or you can always get in touch with our Burnaby practice to book a consultation!

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