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Kids Teeth 101: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know

By the age of 1 or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth – whichever is earlier, your child should visit the dentist.

By age 3, you should be able to count all 20 primary teeth in your child’s mouth.

Age 3 is also when your child can be introduced to fluoride toothpaste. Only a small amount (a portion the size of a green pea) should be used.

Before the age 3, If the child is not considered to be at risk, the teeth should be brushed by an adult using a toothbrush moistened only with water, not fluoride tooth paste.

At the age of 5 or6 your child will start to loose baby teeth, with the last baby tooth falling out around age 12.

Dont neglect baby teeth…dental decay or infection can affect your children’s growth and development – including speech development and nutrition.

Signs of tooth decay in children may include white spots on teeth first, then as early cavity develops a light brown colour on the tooth. Tooth colour becomes darker and a hole may appear. Symptoms such as sensitivity to sweets and cold beverages may occur

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