Even babies with only a few teeth need to brush – no matter that there are only a few teeth present, bacteria will find its way into your baby’s mouth and can cause decay.
Before your baby’s teeth emerge, it’s a good idea to wipe the gums with a soft cloth twice a day. This will help remove bacteria and get both you and your baby used to ‘teeth’ cleaning.
As soon as the first tooth comes through it’s time for brushing. The easiest way to do this is to place your baby in a secure position such as in your lap, on a bed, or on a change table. Support the head from behind by gently wrapping an arm around and cupping the chin, while gently opening the mouth.
Using a soft children’s toothbrush, gently brush each tooth and massage the gum using a soft, circular motion. You won’t need any toothpaste until about 18 months so just use a bit of cold water.
Even babies can floss. Gently floss along the sides of each tooth up to the gum, holding the chin for best control of the head. If you’re not confident flossing your baby’s teeth your dentist can show you the correct technique.
Make brushing a game
Make a game of brushing – use characters, competitions or storylines to make brushing fun!
Do as I do
Brush your teeth with your child, make sure they see you brush your routinely and they will want to mimic you.
Look for fun products
Funny toothbrush holders, toothpaste with their favourite TV character on it. Whatever works for your little one. Please make sure it’s a soft toothbrush and child friendly toothpaste.
Play a song during brushing
This will help keep to time (2 minutes) and be a fun distraction. Search YouTube, The APP Store or Google Play for great tooth brushing songs and apps.
Create a brushing chart
Sign off your child’s success both morning and night, and create a (non-food related) reward.
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