Wedgwood House Dental Practice
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Children's Oral Health

Source: NHS Health Education England.  Edited by John Geaney, 21Feb2020.

Key Notes

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.

Did You Know

NHS dental check-ups and treatment with the dentist are FREE for:

• Children under the age of 18, or 19 and in full-time education

• 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:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Time off school and work for parents/carers
  • Altered sleep and eating patterns
  • The need for teeth to be removed (causing potential problems with positioning of teeth, which may lead to treatment with braces to straighten teeth)
  • A commitment to long-term dentistry
  • Low self-esteem and victim of bullying

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