How To Brush Your Baby’s Teeth

helpfinding-dentistThe easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest.  Then brush the teeth in small circles, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Brushing your baby’s teeth will get your baby used to teeth brushing as part of their everyday routine.You can also set a good example by letting them watch you brushing your teeth.

You will need to help your child brush their teeth until they are at least seven years of age. It is important to keep helping them to ensure they are brushing their teeth correctly.  When brushing your child’s teeth, you may find it easier to sit or stand behind your child and gently hold their chin. This should allow you to get at both their top and bottom teeth.  Brush your child’s teeth twice a day including, before your child goes to bed.  Use a pea-sized amount (for all children aged 3 years and over) of family fluoride toothpaste and a brush that has been designed for children.

Tips

  • Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing, but avoid rinsing with water. afterwards as this can stop the fluoride working.
  • Teach your child the best way to brush their teeth before they start to clean them on their own.
  • The best way to clean teeth is using gentle round movements on each individual tooth, then around the back and other side of each tooth and gently along the top on the gum line.
  • Encourage your child when they brush their teeth well, so they keep it up.
  • Try brushing your own teeth at the same time, so they can copy and learn.
  • When your child first starts to brush their teeth on their own, check every few days to make sure that they are doing it right.

Everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste including just before you go to bed.  Baby’s teeth should also be brushed twice a day using only a smear of family toothpaste containing fluoride. One your child is 3 years old, you can increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea-sized amount.