Source: NHS Health Education England. Edited by John Geaney, 21Feb2020.
Primary (baby) teeth come through from around 6 months old and permanent (adult) teeth come through from around 6 years old. It is recommended that children are taken to the dentist once their first tooth comes through and by the age of one, so children can get used to the experience.
The breakdown of sugar by bacteria in the mouth causes acid to be produced which causes tooth decay.
Toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste before bed and at least one other time in the day for two minutes each time plus a healthy diet, low in sugar, helps prevent tooth decay.
Teeth erosion can be caused by acid from the diet, medicines, vomiting or reflux.
The risk of teeth erosion is reduced by cutting down acidic food and drink and restricting these to meal times. Water and milk are safe to drink.
Teeth should not be brushed after vomiting or reflux as this can cause more damage to the teeth.
A knocked out permanent (adult) tooth should be held by its crown, rinsed under cold tap water if dirty (maximum 10 seconds) and positioned back in the mouth. If this is not possible, place in milk or saline. Seek dental treatment immediately.
NHS dental check-ups and treatment with the dentist are FREE for:
• Children under the age of 18
• Pregnant mothers and until your baby's first birthday
A sucking habit after the age of 7 years can cause permanent change in the position of permanent (adult) teeth.
Tooth decay and poor oral health in childhood can lead to:
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