DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR KIDS
When will be the best time to brush teeth for a baby?
Interesting topic as most of parents did not know that you can actually do dental care as early at 6 months of age!
When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?
- Dental care for baby teeth can start before your baby’s first tooth appears.
- A couple of times a day, you can gently wipe your baby’s gums using a damp, clean face washer or gauze.
- This helps your baby get ready for brushing when the first tooth arrives.
- As soon as teeth arrive, you can clean them twice a day – in the morning and before bed.
- Use a small, soft toothbrush designed for children under two years.
- If your baby doesn’t like the toothbrush in her mouth, keep using the face washer or gauze to wipe the front and back of each of your baby’s teeth.
Should I brush my baby's gums?
- Dentists recommend cleaning baby's gums after feedings, which helps fight bacterial growth and promotes good oral health, long before baby's first teeth start to appear.
- Rather than cleaning baby's gums with a toothbrush, try a soft, damp cloth, or even a soft rubber or silicone finger brush, both gentle options with a nubby texture babies tend to love.
Can babies use fluoride toothpaste?
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends using cavity-preventing fluoride toothpaste starting with baby's very first tooth, rather than waiting until age 2 as was previously recommended.
- And don't worry if your baby swallows some of the toothpaste (as she almost certainly will) — in such a small quantity, it won't cause any damage to the teeth.
- Starting in the second year, you can teach your toddler to spit after brushing.
Preventing early tooth decay
- Don’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle. When your baby is asleep, there’s less saliva in his mouth to protect his teeth.
- If your baby falls asleep with a bottle, formula or milk might slowly drip into your baby’s mouth and soak his teeth. This puts him at risk of tooth decay.
- Also note that putting your baby to sleep with a bottle is a choking risk.
Dr Sum Wai Thean (Raymond)