Caring for baby's first teeth

Your baby’s first tooth comes through about the age of six months, but it can start earlier or later than this.

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It is important to protect your child’s first teeth against decay so that adult teeth have a chance to fully develop before they come through. It’s never too early to start caring for your baby’s teeth.

You need to register your baby with a dentist soon after birth or at least at soon as their first tooth appears. Visit your dental team with your child regularly for dental checks from then on.

Protect your baby’s teeth with a few simple rules:

  • 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. Limit food and drinks containing sugar to mealtimes.
  • No sugar or salt (in any form) should be added to weaning foods. Find information on hidden sugars in food and drinks
  • Foods containing sugar should be kept to a minimum and are best given at mealtimes.
  • Choose healthy and nutritious foods and drinks (download the ‘Fun First Foods’ leaflet or ask your health visitor).
  • Make sure you register your child with a dental practice and make your first visit by the age of six months.