Mineralisation of the first tooth begins in the fourth month of pregnancy and oral care is essential even before the the first tooth erupts. This is required to remove any oral bacteria that may collect in the mouth, from the gums regularly before the teeth erupt.
Preventative dentistry in children is the keystone to instilling good oral hygiene practices throughout childhood and into adulthood. For maintenance of optimum oral health, it is recommended that a child visits the dentist every 6 months for an appointment which will include an oral examination, cleaning (polishing), the application of fluoride and any necessary radiographs (x-rays).
Preventative care will help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.