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All About Baby Teeth

When the first tooth appears will vary from child to child – first teeth usually appear at around six months of age. Although they are called 'baby teeth' most children will not have all of their adult teeth until they are about 13 years old.

Caring for our children’s teeth until they are able to take care of them for themselves (at around 7 years of age – with lots of reminding!) is an important responsibility of parents and carers.

All babies' teeth may erupt at slightly different times and this is just a guide

  • Baby Teeth Matter;

    Although we eventually develop adult teeth, baby teeth are very important as they;

    • allow your child to chew and to smile
    • support the development of muscles for clear speech
    • ‘hold’ the space ready for the adult teeth to grow in to – making it less likely that they will grow crooked or be overcrowded.

    There is a high risk of tooth decay if baby teeth are not cared for which can cause painful toothache and possible infections for your child.

    In some cases children will have to go into hospital to have rotten teeth removed under an anaesthetic.

    To keep baby teeth healthy;

    • brush twice a day using fluoride toothpaste containing no less that 1000ppm fluoride
    • see a dentist twice a year so that any problems are spotted early
    • think carefully about what our families eat and drink.

  • Children should have their first appointment by the age of one, or by six months after their first tooth appears.

    This is important because:

    • Your child will get used to visiting the dentist from an early age and it will become a familiar place and  experience for them.
    • Any problems can be spotted early.
    • Specialist products may be used that help prevent tooth decay.
    • The dentist can give you advice on how to keep your child’s teeth healthy.

    You can find an NHS dentist near you here.


    Take a look at the Dental Check By One website and the 'A Little Trip to the Dentist' campaign *here*

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

To speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. CLICK HERE



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