The Six-Year Molars are the first permanent teeth to erupt into the mouth, as the front baby teeth become lose. They come in the mouth behind the two baby molars. Do not push a baby tooth out as mothers often mistake these important molars as a milk tooth.
Six-Year Molars are our largest teeth and do 65% to 70% of adult chewing. They are the cornerstone of the mouth which anchors the bite and keep our ability to chew highly efficient. Death (loss) of one or more Six-Year Molar causes grave problems by disrupting chewing. As more of these molars are lost, digestion and assimilation decrease and can cause decreased health and longevity.
Those adults who have all four Six-Year Molars, use them hundreds of times a day without any awareness of how important they are to their health, longevity and not to even mention pleasure in eating.
Dental plaque is a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone's teeth and can cause tooth decay. When sugar and some carbohydrates are eaten the bacteria in the plaque produce acid that attack the tooth enamel After repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down and a cavity forms.
Teethsavers only teaches two items for mostly illiterate mothers and children learning English. This simple and easy to remember technique for oral hygiene can easily be added to in ensuing years.
Where do you find Six-Year Molars? Behind the baby molars
How to clean Six-Year Molars? Brush 8 times - back and forth - straight and flat - before bed. This tooth brushing technique automatically cleans the two baby molars in front of the Six-Year Molars and the permanent teeth replacing them about age 12. Rigorous gum brushing is equally important.
Why brush teeth and gums at least every 24 hours? When the dental plaque is broken up (disorganized) every 24 hours it takes about 24 hours for thee dental plaque to reorganized causing acid to form. These bacteria in the plaque belong in our mouth and as long as they are kept disorganized they are harmless. Brushing after every meal is preferred. Toothpaste does not clean teeth.
Most decay begins the first four years after eruption (ages 6, 7, 8 and 9). We have seen demonstrated over and over that children ages 6, 7 and some 8 year olds cannot properly clean the important (where cavities start) chewing surface of the Six-Year Molars and must have a responsible person to clean these molars as the child learns and develops manual dexterity (muscle development). When a child can write well they usually can clean the molars well.
"Friend-to-Friend" - Teethsavers has developed a new technique for children who have no responsible person during our teaching. These children are taught to clean their friend's molars. We have experienced that these children cannot clean their own molars, but are able to understand the instructions and apply them to clean their friend's molars. At their home, they can easily teach a family member how to properly clean their molars, while their muscles are developing, to clean their own teeth. Bacteria in dental plaque also form enzymes causing periodontal (gum and bone) disease.