Teeth help process our food for digestion and play an important role in speech. They are protected by a coating of enamel and their roots are covered by gums.
Topic: Dental care for children
Dummy sucking can cause teeth or mouth problems if it persists into school age or later.
Early childhood caries, or tooth decay, can occur in children as young as six to 12 months of age
The effects of thumb sucking are usually reversible up until the age of seven, because children still have their baby teeth.
If permanent teeth are knocked out they have a good chance of survival if they are immediately placed back in the teeth sockets.
Children should have an oral health assessment by the age of two years.
Oral thrush, mouth ulcers and cold sores (herpes simplex infections) are common oral conditions in babies and young children.
Between the ages of about six and seven years, the primary teeth start to shed and the permanent teeth begin to come through.
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Caring for baby teeth is as important as caring for permanent teeth.
You will need to help your child brush their teeth until they are old enough to do it properly by themselves.