Dental care for babies and children

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Information for the public about dental care for babies and children.

The information comprises:

  1. Introduction
  2. Tips for parents
  3. Why dental care is necessary
  4. Dental care treatment for babies and children
  5. Preventing dental problems in children


Babies start to develop their teeth when they are growing in the womb. These first teeth (also known as milk teeth or deciduous teeth) start to emerge through the gums at around six months. This process is known as teething.

Most children will have their full set of first teeth by the time they are two-and-a-half to three years of age. A full set of first teeth contains 20 teeth in total.

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