Babies begin to get their first teeth from six months onward and by age 3 should have a full set of 20 milk teeth. There is a common misconception that these milk teeth don’t matter, but they are critical for your child’s development. Milk or primary teeth allow your child to learn to chew and speak properly, and just as importantly they maintain the correct amount of space for the development of their adult teeth.
It’s critical to look after your child’s milk teeth to avoid tooth decay or even early extraction. Unfortunately, early childhood caries or tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases, but it is preventable.
The Australasian and American Academy of Paediatric Dentists recommend children have an initial dental health checkup soon after their first tooth pushes through the gums, and definitely by age 1. This initial visit is just a quick health check, but we can provide new parents with a wealth of information on how to care for their child’s teeth and gums. We can show you how to brush your child’s teeth correctly and can offer advice about which toothbrush and toothpaste to use. By working with you, we can ensure your child grows up with beautifully strong and healthy teeth.