Children's teeth begin forming before they are even born. The first primary, or baby teeth, to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors.
These are followed closely by the upper central incisors which come through around four months after birth. Although all twenty primary teeth have usually appeared by the time the child reaches three years old, the pace and order of eruption varies from child to child.
Oral care should begin soon after birth. Gums should be cleaned after each feeding. You should begin brushing your child's teeth as soon as they appear.
Permanent teeth start to come through around the age of six. This begins with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age twenty-one.
Adults have twenty-eight permanent teeth, or up to thirty-two including the third molars (wisdom teeth).
Schedule a dental visit between 6-12 months of age. When children are very young it is necessary to supervise their brushing to ensure proper brushing habits are adopted.
Your dentist will probably recommend regular fluoride treatments which will strengthen enamel and help your child’s teeth resist decay.
Dental sealants can provide a further layer of protection against cavities. They are plastic coatings which are painted onto the grooved chewing surfaces at the back of the teeth.
Pediatric dentistry is a very gentle method of treatment which aims to make a visit to the dentist a more comfortable experience for your children. We have purpose built area specifically designed to make your children feel relaxed and at ease.