Children’s teeth grow and fall out at different times for each child but the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age.

Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the bottom central incisors (the two bottom front teeth). Next the top four front teeth emerge, after that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs – one each side of the upper or lower jaw – until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have come in by the time the child is 2 ½ to 3 years old. The complete set of primary teeth is in the mouth from the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age to 6-7 years of age.

A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth. In addition to a full range of vitamins and minerals, a child’s diet should include plenty of calcium, phosphorous and proper levels of fluoride.

If fluoride is your child’s greatest protection against tooth decay, then frequent snacking may be the biggest enemy. The sugars and starches found in many foods and snacks like biscuits, sweets, dried fruit crisps and soft drinks combine with plaque on teeth to create acids. These acids attack the tooth enamel and may lead to cavities.

Each “plaque attack” can last up to 20 minutes after a meal or snack has been finished. Even a little nibble can create plaque acids. So it’s best to limit snacking between meals.

A child of 2 will brush their teeth differently to a child of 7 or 15. Our role is to re-educate children every few years by presenting specific age appropriate information, so that we gradually grow their dental health knowledge and their ability to achieve and maintain a beautiful smile.

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