Infants & Toddlers
Baby teeth are important and need regular and proper care. These teeth help your child to eat, speak and maintain self-confidence. They also help retain space for the eruption of permanent teeth, which helps prevent crowding.
Tips for a healthy smile
- Start brushing the baby teeth as soon as they come through the gums
- Brush twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle brush*
- Choose healthy, tooth friendly snacks (no - low sugar)
- Avoid giving sugary drinks including fizzy drinks, fruit juice, cordial, and flavoured milks.
- Lift your child's lip every month to check for signs of tooth decay. Here is how to Lift the Lip
- Ensure your child is enrolled with the Community Oral Health Service and attends their regular dental check-ups.
*Children should be supported and supervised during toothbrushing until at least 8 years old.
FREE Community Oral Health Service
Oral health treatment is free for 0 – 17-year-olds in New Zealand.
Call 0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583) to enrol your child in your regional community oral health service. You can also phone this number to check whether your child is already enrolled or to update your contact details.