The first tooth appears in the mouth around six months of age. Parents should take a gauze and clean their baby's teeth before bedtime. An ultra soft toothbrush should be used when the back teeth erupt. Children should have their first dental exam at this time.
At about the age of two all of the primary (baby) teeth are present. Parents should brush their child's teeth daily.
At the age of six both primary and permanent teeth are present. During this stage dental exams are important to observe how the teeth are growing into the mouth (for example teeth could be crowded).
At fourteen years of age no primary teeth are present. At this age children start to have problems with gingivitis (gum disease). Teenagers should brush and floss daily to remove plaque which causes gingivitis.