Milk teeth erupt at the age of 6 months. Eruption completes by two and a half years of age. The enamel of primary teeth is less mineralized and soft , making them more susceptible to cavities.
Point to remember:
CARE FOR MILK TEETH:
- Babies should never be put down for a nap with a bottle containing milk or juice; night feedings should cease when teeth start to emerge hence increasing the risk of DECAY also known as NURSING BOTTLE CARIES.
- The FIRST DENTAL VISIT should take place within SIX MONTHS after the first tooth appears. Don’t wait until there's an emergency.
- As soon as the first primary tooth erupts, parents should start brushing their children’s teeth.
- From 2 years, brushing twice daily with children’s toothpaste is a must.
- Once your kids reach an older age : Monitor their brushing.; Provide a healthy diet.; Make sure they see the dentist regularly.
CARE FOR PERMANENT TEETH:
- The first molars erupt at age of 6, and second molars at age of 12.
- Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through with a thin protective coating known as SEALANTS can keep them cavity-free from the beginning, which helps save time and money in the long run.