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How Can I Help My Child When Their Two-Year Molars Erupt?

Your two-year-old might exhibit a brief increase in moodiness. Oh, this is just the terrible twos, you start to think. Did you know that the eruption of your toddler’s second teeth may affect their behavior? They can also be more challenging to handle than usual after their teeth begin to erupt.

What Can You Do For Your Child When Their Molars Start Growing?

The final set of teeth in the rear of the mouth is the second molar, or two-year molar. When your child is between 23 and 33 months old, they usually burst forth. Even the happiest child may grow agitated throughout this procedure since it can be unpleasant. It’s possible that your kid won’t be able to express what’s hurting him. Here are a few typical signs to watch out for:

  • Maybe your kid is drooling more than usual.
  • They might act particularly agitated.
  • Your kid may be biting on their fingers, clothes, or toys.
  • They could maintain a low-grade temperature of around 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If you can, have a peek since the eruption zone has red gums.
  • disturbed sleep
  • The symptoms above might all get worse at night.

Along with physical signs, it’s not unusual to see your toddler’s mood alter as they battle with their molars coming in. Even the happiest child may grow agitated and grumpy throughout this procedure since it can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. The use of medication for two-year-old molar discomfort should be a last resort. The good news is that your child can find relief when their molars erupt, thanks to various proven treatments. Gum-cutting discomfort can be relieved by anything cool. Let your youngster chew on a damp towel chilled in the freezer to massage their gums. Apply a cold, moist piece of gauze or rub it with a cold spoon to soothe their gums. Finger massages to the gums can also be helpful. Firm, crisp, nutritious meals are also beneficial for applying pressure on the gums.

As soon as a child’s teeth erupt, tooth decay might develop. Because of this, parents start cleaning their kids’ teeth as soon as they can see them. However, waiting until a youngster is at ease can be best before starting. The average child has 20 primary (baby) teeth. The adult set of 32 permanent (adult) teeth starts to erupt behind them once the last of these are gone, typically between the ages of 11 and 14. Because their jawbone isn’t yet large enough for them to fit into position correctly, some children may take longer than others to erupt their permanent molars. A broader jaw will provide more space for more significant adult and future wisdom teeth.

Let OC Kids Dental Help Your Teething Child!

If you have concerns about your child’s oral health or need a pediatric dentist, OC Kids Dental would be honored to serve as your family’s dental office. Call us at (949) 362-9860, and we’ll be happy to assist you and your kid in getting through the teething phase. 

The development of our oral health begins much earlier than many parents know. The first stages of our dental development start in the womb, with our teeth developing within our jaw as a fetus. Once we’re born, oral health care is vital to ensuring a future with healthy teeth. This becomes especially important when our primary (baby) teeth start coming in. These teeth set the stage for developing our adult smile. They can often reveal concerns before our permanent teeth arrive. This means that receiving dental care early is essential, and your child’s first orthodontic visit should occur before their ninth year. OC Kids Dental is here to help you navigate your child’s developmental years to help ensure they have a future with a healthy and beautiful smile.

When Should My Child Be Assessed For Braces?

Thankfully, not every child is going to find themselves in need of orthodontic care. However, it’s essential for those with overcrowded teeth, misaligned jaws, or complications caused by habits like sucking their thumb. It can spell the difference between a perfect smile and future health problems for these children. When we reach seven years of age, we can identify future problems and concerns based on observations made during a dental exam. 

Once identified, a proper plan for addressing them can be developed, making it possible to significantly reduce or even eliminate these problems in their adult smile. While treatment typically can’t begin until after age 9, when the permanent teeth start to appear, this early diagnosis makes preparing in advance possible. During your child’s first orthodontic-focused appointment at OC Kids Dental, the following topics will be approached:

  • Overcrowding – Imaging will be taken to determine if your child is at risk of experiencing overcrowding. Those with this condition have more teeth than can comfortably fit in their mouth. This generally does not mean extra teeth as much as a jaw that has developed in a way that cannot accommodate the typical 32. Extraction followed by braces is a common approach to helping to generate a straight and beautiful smile.
  • Jaw Misalignment – Your child will also be checked for a misaligned jaw or malocclusion. This condition is where the upper and lower arches of teeth don’t properly align, resulting in a poor bite. While malocclusion can also result from overcrowding, jaw misalignment is often the cause. Identifying a jaw misalignment early can make it easier and faster to properly realign the jaw before the adult smile is fully realized.
  • Personal Habits – Thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing can negatively impact your child’s oral health and smile formation. We can provide meaningful methods of reversing these habits or finding ways to address concerns such as mouth breathing.

All the information gathered during your child’s first orthodontic assessment with OC Kids Dental will be used to plan their future smiles. We’re dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive affordable, effective care. This often means starting early to reduce future costs and produce superior results.

Discover How Early Orthodontic Care Saves Smiles

Contact our team today by calling (949) 362-9860 to schedule your child’s next dental visit and discuss the benefits of early orthodontic assessment. Together we’ll help establish a treatment plan to ensure lasting oral health with proactive treatments today!