When welcoming a new child into the world, there is a lot to navigate through, so they've put together some helpful tips on how to care for your baby’s teeth:
When do babies get teeth?
Babies’ teeth generally start to come through the gums at about 6-9 months of age. This greatly varies from person to person so some children can start teething as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months.
Tips for Healthy Baby Teeth:
Once a day following one of your baby’s feeding times, you're encouraged to use a clean damp, soft cloth (face washer, gauze), wrapped around your finger, to gently wipe clean your baby’s gums.
Also, start to familiarise your baby/toddler with drinking water. Be sure to cool the water after boiling it, so that it is sterilised, and avoid adding fruit juice or other flavourings.
How to brush your baby's teeth & what toothbrush to use:
Once the first tooth has erupted it’s time to introduce your baby to the toothbrush. Using only water on the toothbrush, gently brush the tooth/teeth using small circular motions and brush the surface of the tooth up to where it meets the gum twice a day.
What toothpaste is best to use for toddlers?
Toothpaste is normally introduced at about 18 months old. Choose a children’s toothpaste as it’s lower in fluoride, milder in taste and it won’t cause them any harm if it is swallowed. In addition to brushing, start to familiarise your child with flossing once they have 2 or more teeth.
Help your kids play an active role in their oral health care routine by making this task fun. Create a game or play their favourite song for 2 minutes, or even try brushing your teeth at the same time.
When should I take my child to the dentist?
Begin visits to the dentist early! To help support a positive relationship with the dentist start familiarising your child by taking them along to your own dental appointments.
For more information on how to care for your baby's teeth, read the full blog post here.
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