18 Feb 2021

Dental Care For Newborns & Toddlers

Dental Care For Newborns & Toddlers

The development of teeth in babies can differ from child to child. However, most first teeth arrive between the age of 6 – 10 months. Most childing having their full set of baby teeth by the time they are 3 years old.

Cleaning Your Babies Teeth

Once your newborn’s teeth are showing, you can use a soft infant specific, toothbrush. These are made for baby teeth in mind and are different textures to adult designed toothbrushes.

It’s recommended to brush with only water, Australian Parenting Website, rasingchildren.net.au shares that it’s not recommended to use toothpaste at this age, unless recommended by your dentist.

 

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Cleaning Your Toddlers Teeth

The Australian Parenting Website has some great tips on dental care for toddlers

You might like to try the following routine when brushing your child’s teeth:

  1. Stand or sit behind your child so that he feels secure. Brushing teeth in front of a mirror is good too, because it lets you see your child’s mouth.
  2. Cup your child’s chin in your hands with her head resting against your body.
  3. Angle the bristles of the toothbrush towards the gum. Move the brush in gentle circles to clean the outer and inner sides of the teeth and gums.
  4. Brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  5. Gently brush your child’s tongue.
  6. Encourage your child to brush without swallowing. When your child starts using toothpaste, get him to spit it out. There’s no need to rinse after brushing because the fluoride toothpaste left behind protects your child’s teeth.

If you’re using an electric toothbrush, avoid moving the brush in circles. Keep your hand still, and guide the brush across your child’s teeth and gums.

 

We sourced this information from https://raisingchildren.net.au/toddlers/health-daily-care/dental-care/dental-care-toddlers. Always consult your dentist if you have any questions