Children with tooth decay in their baby teeth are at a much higher risk of cavities in their adult teeth, so it’s important to start practicing good oral hygiene as soon as possible.
Infant Oral Care
You can start cleaning your baby’s gums immediately to wash off bacteria that could potentially harm teeth as they start to erupt.
Use a soft, moistened cloth or piece of gauze.
Softly wipe your infant’s gums twice a day — especially after feedings and before bedtime.
Brushing Baby Teeth
As soon as your child starts getting more teeth (around the age of one), you can start using a toothbrush. First and foremost, you need to use a toothbrush designed for young mouths with a soft brush, small head and large handle. Start by using a smear of toothpaste. Once your child turns three, start using a pea-sized amount. Make sure you:
Brush the inside and outside of each tooth, top and bottom.
Hold the brush flat on top of the teeth, and brush the chewing surfaces.
Gently brush the tongue to remove any debris.
Floss between teeth once a day until your child can floss independently around age 7 or 8.
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