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Ideally, children should visit the Dentist six months after their first (primary) teeth appear.

This allows your Dentist the opportunity to carefully examine the development of the child’s mouth, particularly if any complications have risen during teething or as a result from some trauma.

The exact pattern and initial starting times of teething vary. However, the general pattern of emergence for baby teeth is as follows:

  • the primary teeth (aka milk teeth) from approximately eight months of age and then by the age of three all will usually be in place, totalling 20.
  • the permanent teeth (aka adult teeth) from approximately six years of age, gradually replacing the primary teeth in addition to molars, totalling 28.

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This information should only be used as a guide, as individuals develop differently.

By creating a positive atmosphere around brushing from a young age, parents are able to ensure that children’s home brushing (and flossing routine) is effective. Children should start brushing their teeth as soon as the first tooth emerges.

Often children go through a stage of refusing to brush their teeth. Persistence is the key and having fun often helps.

Should you have any concerns regarding your children’s teeth or to book an appointment, please contact our office.


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