Teeth - first year
Teeth - first year
How can I keep my baby’s teeth healthy?
As the first teeth erupt, it is important to think about keeping them healthy. So what can be done?
Should I use fluoride toothpaste for my baby?
I don’t live in a place with fluoride in the water. What should I do?
What causes decay?
What if I have decay – are my children at risk?
When should I get my child’s teeth checked?
Where to go for more information
Let's talk teeth (Ministry of Health, NZ) www.health.govt.nz
The Ministry of Health's Let's talk teeth website provides information about the free basic oral health service available from birth until your child's eighteenth birthday. It also provides advice about cleaning and looking after teeth and about healthy food for healthy teeth.
To find out how to enrol your child in the free oral health service, call the free phone line.
0800 TALK TEETH (0800 825 583
- if your child is between 0 and 12 years old, press 1
- if you have a general question about teeth and oral health, press 3
Ministry of Health www.health.govt.nz
See the Minstry of Health website for their section:
The NZDA provides information and advice about infants', toddlers', children's and teens' teeth at their Healthy Smiles website. Their have a section on infants' and toddlers' teeth:
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