Caring For Milk Teeth: Everything Parents Need To Know

NHS statistics in England highlight that the number of under children under 10 requiring hospital treatment because of tooth decay, is now double the number who need help for a broken arm.

Another shocking statistic and according to NHS Children’s Dental Survey, a third of five-year olds and nearly half of eight-year olds in the UK are showing signs of decay in their primary teeth.

What are milk/primary teeth?

Most children have a full set of 20 milk teeth by the time they’re three years old. The NHS says that when your child reaches five or six years old, they will start to lose their baby teeth to make room for their adult teeth. By the age of 12 to 14, most children have lost all their baby teeth and have their adult teeth.

It can be particularly difficult to maintain good habits amongst a backdrop of hidden sugars in our foods and drinks and children’s reluctance to follow a good oral health routine.

The best ways to protect milk teeth are to:

  • Scrap sugar
  • Visit the dentist
  • Don’t think of milk teeth as practice teeth
  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day. Children should be supervised until at least age 7


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