A guide to protecting your baby's teeth

Setting up good dental habits early on can have many positive benefits for your children's teeth as they grow.

It's important to do what you can to protect, clean and care for your baby's teeth. This can extend through to the food and drinks they consume, as well as dental check-ups and procedures.

Caring for your children's teeth

Healthy habits

It's important to limit the amount of sugar that your children consume, for their overall health and wellbeing as well as their teeth.

Encourage your children to drink plain water, rather than soft drinks or sugary fruit juice, and cut back on the amount of sweet foods you give them. From the age of six months, you can give your child cooled boiled water. Once they reach 12 months they can start drinking unboiled water.

Pacifiers or dummies can impact the way your child's teeth develop and grow, so it's important to limit your children's use of these devices as much as possible and introduce them only after 1-2 months if you need to. Avoid using bottles as pacifiers as well.