Protecting your baby’s first teeth

Your baby’s teeth will usually begin to appear at around 6 months of age.  From 3 months you may begin to see the early signs of teething such as dribbling more than usual, red cheeks and sore and red gums. It is important that we begin to look after teeth as soon as they emerge so that we prevent any early tooth loss.  The early loss of baby teeth can lead to overcrowding which may require a lot of treatment later in life.

Top tips for a healthy, happy smile

  • Brush teeth and gums at least twice daily, in the morning and last thing at night. Use toothpaste containing at least 1000 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.
  • No sugar or salt (in any form) should be added to weaning foods.
  • Foods containing sugar should be kept to a minimum and are best given at mealtimes.
  • Choose healthy and nutritious foods and drinks.
  • Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist.

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