Stop Tooth Decay - 12 to 24 Months

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Give your child’s teeth a healthy start

A guide for children 12 to 24 months
  • Take the bottle away when feeding is finished. Put baby to bed without a bottle.
  • Use only water or formula in the bottle.
  • Babies are smart. Encourage an open cup or straw cup for all drinks from 12 months.
  • Brush baby’s teeth twice a day.
  • Do not use toothpaste until baby is 18 months. 18 months – 5 years use low dose fluoride toothpaste.
  • Teach your child to spit out, not swallow and not rinse.

Lift your baby’s top lip and look for early signs of decay. Please seek dental advice if you notice any changes.

Eat and drink smart

Choose healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables, plain yoghurt and cheese. Plain tap water is the best drink.

AVOID soft drinks, cordials, energy drinks and other sweetened drinks. Limit juice – offer water instead and eat the fruit.

Baby tooth eruption chart

Image of seven baby’s mouth the first one has two teeth, second mouth has four teeth these are for six to twelve month old’s. The next two mouths are for seven to fourteen month with six teeth in the first image and eight in the second image. The twelve to nineteen months have one image showing twelve teeth in the baby’s mouth, the next image is for sixteen to twenty three months and has sixteen teeth, the final image has all twenty teeth for a twenty to thirty three month old child.

This eruption chart is a guide only, time and order may vary.

Teething pain?

Offer baby a cold, wet cloth or teething ring. Ask your dental professional or child health professional for advice. Where possible, use sugar free medicine.

For more information

Has your child had a dental visit yet? Visit oral health to find your local dental clinic. Oral Health Services Tasmania welcomes ALL children 0-18 years of age.