Baby Teeth are Important

Babies can get cavities as soon as the first teeth appear. Parents should lift the lip regularly to check baby's teeth for early signs of tooth decay.

Identify Decay in Baby Teeth

Prevent Decay: Keep Your Baby's Teeth Healthy

  • Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted on baby teeth to reduce cavities in children under the age of five. Fluoride varnish is safe and can be used on babies, as early as the first tooth
  • Teeth should be brushed by an adult as soon as the first tooth appears, using a rice grain sized portion of fluoride toothpaste twice daily
  • Lift the lip once a month to look for early signs of tooth decay
  • Babies do not need juice. Constant sipping of sugary drinks from a bottle or sippy cup can cause cavities. Bedtime bottles should only contain water
  • Introduce an open cup at six months and offer all drinks in an open cup by 12 months
  • Visit the dentist or dental professional by age one or as soon as the first tooth appears

Primary Baby Teeth Expectancy

Upper and Lower teeth
ToothComes InFalls Out
Upper Central Incisor 7 - 12 months 6 - 8 years
Upper Lateral Incisor 9 - 13 months 7 - 8 years
Upper Canine 16 - 22 months 10 - 12 years
Upper First Molar 13 - 19 months 9 - 11 years
Upper Second Molar 25 - 33 months 10 - 12 years
Lower Second Molar 20 - 30 months 10 - 12 years
Lower First Molar 12 - 18 months 9 - 11 years
Lower Canine 16 - 23 months 9 - 12 years
Lower Lateral Incisor 7 - 16 months 7 - 8 years
Lower Central Incisor 6 - 10 months 6 - 8 years

For more information please call the Dental Health Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7399.


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