It’s never too early to start thinking about your baby’s dental health.
You can start cleaning their teeth as soon as they appear.
At a glance
- Some babies are born with their first teeth
- Baby toothpastes are specially formulated with lower levels of fluoride than adult toothpastes
- If your baby is a wriggler, it may be easier to enlist help, so that one of you holds them on your lap while the other cleans their teeth
Starting tooth care from birth
As some babies are born with their first teeth, looking after them can start from birth. As soon as a tooth is visible, a cotton bud with water can be used to clean it. As well as protecting the tooth this will get babies used to having their teeth cleaned from an early age.
Use baby toothpastes and toothbrushes
Baby toothpastes are specially formulated with lower levels of fluoride than adult toothpastes. However these toothpastes should still contain no less than and no more than 1,000 parts per million of fluoride, so check the packaging or ask your dentist.
Clean teeth and gums twice a day using a soft brush and just a smear of baby toothpaste.
Here comes the plane!
If your baby is a wriggler, it may be easier to enlist the help of a friend or partner so that one of you holds them on your lap while the other cleans their teeth. And, of course, turning it into a fun game won’t do any harm either.
There are plenty of products and medicines that can help and techniques you can use to comfort little teethers.