7-27 months

Help your child to keep their teeth healthy by visiting the dentist before their first birthday and brushing their teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

COVID-19 update: contact your dentist about arranging your next appointment.

Why is it important?

1 in 8 three year old’s have dental decay which is preventable and can cause pain and sleepless nights. Visiting the dentist by age 1 year, provides an opportunity for the dentist to check on how your child’s teeth are developing, ensuring that any problems can be identified at an early stage. Most children will have their front teeth by age 1 year making it a good time for their first dental visit which can also help your child to become familiar with the dentist, making future visits easier.

Brushing teeth twice a day (once in the morning and last thing at night) is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, you can help by setting an example and letting your child watch you brush your teeth. Your dentist can also give you tips on tooth brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and information about tooth friendly food and drinks.

First point of contact

NHS dentistry is free for under 18s and new mums are also entitled to free NHS dental treatment up to a year after the birth of their child.

Local services and information

The North East London Outreach Dental Team run the Tooth Friendly Nurseries Scheme in Hackney – you can ask your child’s nursery if they have signed up and if they are then your child will receive a free toothbrush when they start nursery.

National resources

Healthy teeth

General play and learning ideas


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This page was last modified on: 7 Nov 2021