Oral health for babies

​Healthy teeth help babies to eat, talk and smile. Baby teeth also hold open a space for the adult teeth your child will get later.

Your baby’s first teeth tend to start coming through sometime between six and 10 months, but some children start to get teeth as early as three months and some won’t get them until they’re a toddler, and some babies are born with a couple of teeth.

By the time your child turns three, they will usually have a full set of 20 baby teeth.

You can care for your baby’s teeth by:

  • putting your baby to sleep without a bottle
  • avoiding sugary drinks such as soft drinks, juice, and flavoured milk; instead, give them breastmilk or formula
  • giving your child a cup to drink from from six months of age
  • cleaning your child’s gums as soon as the first tooth appears. Use a wet cloth and gradually shift to a soft kids’ toothbrush. It’s recommended that you do not use toothpaste if your child is under 18 months of age
  • giving your child healthy foods instead of sweet, sugary foods.