Dental health for infants and toddlers (2001)

Key points below

Why is dental and oral health important?

Dental decay is the most common disease in American children. Early and regular dental care is important. It may help avoid painful and costly dental problems in the future.

What can parents do?

As soon as your baby has their first tooth, decay may start. Here are some simple tips to help prevent early tooth decay.

Birth to 6 months

6 to 12 months

12 to 24 months

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Call your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic if you have any concerns or your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.