Looking after baby teeth

Baby Teeth and Oral Care

Posted in 12+ Months, 12+ Months Development, 6+ Months, 6+ Months Development, Teething

Taking care of your little one’s teeth can start the moment they are emerging. Parents should strive to ensure that children have healthy teeth, beautiful smiles, and benefit from excellent dental health. Read about to look after baby teeth and when that first trip to dentist is recommended.


Which baby teeth will appear first?

In most cases the lower central incisors emerge first, and the upper central incisors begin to emerge afterwards. The lateral incisors, which flank the middle teeth, follow next. Then you’ll notice the first molars, which will most likely appear soon after your baby's first birthday. After that are the canines, and the second molars to come in last. Most children will have a full set of 20 baby teeth, or primary teeth, by their third birthday.


When should you first take your child to the dentist?

There are a plethora of different answers to this question. But most dental experts agree that the first visit for a regular check-up should happen no later than your child's first birthday.

In most cases, it is advised that you take your baby for a visit as soon as the first little tooth appears. If you can’t see signs of any teeth emerging before their first birthday a visit to the dentist anyway wouldn’t cause any harm.


Cleaning you’re baby’s teeth and mouth should start from an early age and before teething. There are several reasons caring for your baby's teeth and gums early is recommended.

  • It helps prevent tooth decay later on. Milk residue or food debris can be left behind, even with no teeth, and bacteria can grow on the tongue if it’s not cleaned properly. These bacteria can begin to produce acid which can cause erosion and tooth decay.
  • It sets the stage for good oral hygiene as your baby grows. The more you get your baby used to brushing their teeth, the more receptive they’re going to be. If you start quite late, it is going to be a little harder to get them into an oral hygiene routine.


Even though your child's baby teeth will eventually fall out and be replaced by adult teeth, they're still very important. Baby teeth preserve the space for permanent teeth, so keeping them clean is essential to good oral health as an adult.


Want to learn more about teething? Try our Teething: Spotting the Signs or see our Teething Rusks Range here.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .


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