It’s never too early to start a good oral health routine, so caring for your child’s teeth is vital.
Starting out: 0 to 16 months
Even before your baby starts teething, you can clean your baby’s mouth using specially designed baby dental wipes. This will help to reduce bacteria and encourage a healthy environment for baby teeth when they do appear. Massaging the gums in this way will also help your baby as teething begins, sometime between six months and one year of age.
Getting to grips: 10 months to 3 years
You should begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears. Use a baby toothbrush with soft bristles and an adult-sized handle, combined with a smear of suitable toothpaste containing a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm. Toddlers can then be given their own chewable toothbrushes to help them get into the habit of cleaning their teeth early on.
Onwards and upwards: 3 to 6 years
All baby teeth are usually present by the age of three, and by this time your child should start trying to brush their own teeth using a pea-sized blob of of toothpaste with a fluoride level of between 1350ppm and 1500ppm. Your child should now start seeing the dentist regularly to make sure that any potential problems are identified before they develop.
Visiting the dental practice from a young age will also help your child to establish a positive relationship with their dentist and their dental team, and get used to the practice environment.
Up and running: 6 years onwards
By the age of six or seven, adult teeth will have started to erupt. For this reason, it’s especially important that sugary food and drink is avoided if possible.
Children should continue using the right toothpaste for their age, with a fluoride level of between 1350ppm and 1500ppm. Brushing should still be supervised by an adult every day until children are over seven years old and you’re sure they’re doing it correctly.
You can ensure your child receives the best start in oral healthcare by registering them on Denplan for Children. This plan is designed with your child in mind and tailored specifically to their dental needs.
To find out more, speak to a member dentist near you »