Questions & Answers
Teeth and health facts
Q > How many baby teeth are there?
A > There are 20 baby teeth – the first ones appear at approximately 6 months. The first teeth are normally the lower front teeth.
Q > When do they arrive?
A > They may not arrive for 1 year in some cases. Boys' teeth normally are a little later than girls'. All baby teeth are normally through by 3 years.
Q > What to expect with the first tooth?
A > A lot of energy is expended when teeth erupt, especially the first 1 or 2. This may give rise to increased temperature/diarrhoea/soreness, hence the use of teething rings, etc.
Q > When do the first permanent teeth arrive?
A > The first permanent teeth appear at about 5-6 years, usually the front lower followed by the upper front teeth or back molars.
Q > The first permanent teeth have now come through and are darker and not straight. Is this normal?
A > The permanent teeth are always darker and they should gradually straighten.
Q > My child has not got any permanent teeth and she is nearly 7 years old. Is this OK?
A > Don’t worry: they can be as late as 7 1/2. Get your dentist to either take an x-ray or physically examine her mouth.
Q > What toothpaste should I use?
A > A childrens' toothpaste is best. Only use the smallest (small pea size) amount as they normally swallow it.
Q > My child likes sweets and I give them once a day. Is this ok?
A > Their teeth are in a decaying situation for one hour after eating sugar, so it’s probably better to give them sweets only one or two days a week and then have them drink some plain water, or better still, brush their teeth.
Q > What about milk or apple juice?
A > Dilute apple juice with mineral water as it contains a lot of sugar. If milk is used in a bottle last thing at night, it can cause decaying of the front upper teeth especially.
Q > When should my child’s first visit to the dentist be?
A > It depends on the child but if you just take them on your own regular visit to the dentist they will become familiar with the location and staff and learn not to fear them. You don’t want them to be terrified on their first visit!
Q > About sweets again, any advice?
A > Don’t ban sweets, fizzy drinks etc as they will become a forbidden fruit and the child is bound to overindulge when they have access to them. Don’t bribe children with the offer of sweets either.
Q > At what age do I stop supervising brushing?
A > Again it varies, but please check 2-3 times a week until you are confident in their thoroughness.
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