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When will my baby’s teeth come through?

Your baby should start teething at around 6 months old and will continue until all 20 baby teeth come through.

At around 6 years old, the adult teeth will begin to appear and apart from the wisdom teeth should all come through by the age of 14.

Caring for your baby and child’s teeth

It is important to protect your child’s first teeth against decay so that adult teeth have a chance to fully develop before they come through. It’s never too early to start caring for your baby’s teeth.

You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come through. Use a baby toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste.

Don’t worry if you don’t manage to brush much at first. The important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine. You can help by setting a good example and letting them see you brushing your own teeth. You will need to help them until they are 7 years old.

Take your child to the dentist

Aim to take your baby to a dentist soon after birth or by the time they are six months of age. Taking your baby to the dental practice as early as possible helps them to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of  and gives you access to information, advice and support for looking after your child’s teeth.

From then on, take your child to the dental practice every six months, or as often as advised by your dental team.

NHS dental treatment for children is free and also during pregnancy and until the baby is 1 year old.

Visit the NHS Dental Treatment webpage if you are looking for an NHS dentist in Walsall.

Page updated 18/07/2016