Oral health is important, even with baby teeth. This is because children’s baby teeth:

  • help them to bite and chew
  • support speech and language development
  • help them feel confident when they smile
  • make space for and help to guide adult teeth

Good oral health also keeps children free from toothache, infection and swollen gums.

Children should go to the dentist when they get their first tooth or from 1 year old, whichever comes first.

NHS dental services are free for all children under 18.


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