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Children’s dental care checklist

Looking after our teeth is a lifelong undertaking so it helps to get off to a good start. Brush up on our top tips for children’s dental care, including when to take your baby to the dentist, to keep your toddler’s cheeky smile healthy and bright.

2 mins to read Sep 22, 2020
  • Consider taking your baby with you to the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth coming or at around 12 months old. It helps them get used to the sights and sounds.
  • Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, damp cloth twice a day. Start brushing your child’s teeth with a soft bristle baby tooth brush as soon as they come through, at least once a day.
  • From 1 to 2 years of age, brush your child’s teeth daily using a non-fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Let your baby watch while you brush your teeth so they can see how it’s done.
  • Switch to a regular open cup for all drinks between 12 and 15 months of age and limit soother use to nap time.
  • Brush in small circles covering all surfaces of the teeth.
  • Let your toddler spit the toothpaste out but don’t rinse with water.
  • After 3 years of age, your child should brush for 2 minutes, 2 times per day as part of their daily routine.
  • Talk to your kid’s dentist about tips and advice on how to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy.



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