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Infants and children are not immune to oral health and dental problems. It is important that your child see a dentist by age one to establish a long-term dental hygiene and professional dental cleaning plan.

What your children eat affects their teeth. Sugars (found in cake, biscuits, milk and juice) and starches (found in potatoes and chips) can cause tooth decay. It is also more difficult to clean babies' and children's teeth so you can see why debris tends to remain in children's teeth. Looking after teeth from a young age is very important. Building a strong, early relationship with a dentist is also important.

Baby-to-Child Dental Checklist Ballincollig Dental Practice

Some babies are born with teeth that develop in the first month that require dental hygiene or a visit to the dentist for their removal. At least 1 baby tooth erupts by six months of age. And, yes, it requires cleaning. From six months to 24 months, children begin teething in earnest, indicated by irritability, biting on objects, drooling and ear pulling. As a parent, you can help teething progress by using strategies such as massaging your child's gums, offering a chilled teething ring or cold, wet washcloth and asking your dentist for a teething ointment recommendation. By 3 years, most if not all baby teeth have erupted. Soon after 4 years, spaces for permanent teeth begin to appear as the jaw, supporting bone structure and facial bones begin to grow. From 6 to 12, it is typical for your child to have both baby teeth and permanent teeth in their mouth.