Caring for your child’s teeth
Tips for Babies
• Clean your baby’s teeth and gums twice a day, after breakfast and before bed
• Start cleaning your baby’s teeth from the time they first appear (around 6-12 months of age)
• Use a soft, damp cloth to begin with then move to a small, soft children’s toothbrush, to clean all surfaces of the teeth
• Don’t use toothpaste before your baby is 18 months of age unless directed by your dental practitioner
• Take your baby to see the dentist when their ﬁrst tooth appears, or by their first birthday
Guard against early decay
• Early decay is caused by frequent exposure to sugary drinks and foods including fruit juices, ﬂ avoured yoghurts and dried fruits
• Don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice in their mouth
• Replace bottles with a cup from 12 months of age
• Tap water should be the only drink in bottles and sippy cups except at meal/feed times.
• Baby teeth usually start to appear between 6 to 12 months of age
• Pressure on the teeth and gums from chewing may help relieve discomfort
• Relieve tender gums with chilled (but
not frozen) teething rings, washcloths or dummies, or gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger.