Babies and Oral health

Good oral hygiene habits early in life can lead to lifelong oral health. Although a baby has all 20 primary teeth at birth, they only start appearing in the mouth at around six months old. The process of more teeth appearing continues until about age two and a half years. Caring for these little teeth is an important foundation for good oral health when the permanent teeth start developing. Remember to schedule your child’s first dental visit by 12 months old.

For children less than two years of age, use only a light smear of fluoride toothpaste. From age 2–5 years use a small, pea-sized amount, and after six years the amount can be increased.

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