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5 Ways to Keep Your Baby’s Teeth and Gums Healthy

Baby teeth begin to come through from the age of 6 months old. Baby teeth are important in the development of the permanent teeth and require good care.

Key takeaways:

  • By keeping their gums clean even before teeth come through, you will get your baby used to the routine of having their mouth cleaned.
  • Brush your baby’s teeth twice a day with child-friendly toothpaste when their teeth start to emerge.
  • Start regular dentist appointments for your baby within 6 months from when their first tooth appears.

“Remember that although a little amount of fluoride is good for your baby’s teeth, if you give too much it results to a condition that is called fluorosis, in which white spots appear on your child’s permanent teeth.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.