- 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.
Canadian Paediatric Society. Caring for Kids. Health teeth for children. https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/healthy-living/healthy_teeth_for_children Accessed September 2020.
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