How do I brush my infant’s teeth/gums?
A new born’s gums should be gently massaged daily with a clean moistened terry cloth or guauze. As soon as the teeth begin to show in the mouth, a very small soft bristled, brush should be used without toothpaste until the child is approximately 18 months of age.
When your child is ready for toothpaste, only a small smear should be placed on the brush! Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent tooth decay. However, children have a tendency to swallow toothpaste and fluoride may be ingested in excessive amounts.
Encourage your child to spit out the excess of toothpaste and rinse their mouth with water.
Remember to change your child’s toothbrush approximately every 3 months, a good indication are when the bristles are chewed and fanning outwards!
Despite protests, continue to clean your child’s teeth until they can do this job well on their own. Keep it positive and fun.