Updated: Apr 4
Paving the way to a lifetime of good oral health habits
Most families already have a routine. Incorporating healthy dental habits into this, is a simple step towards good oral hygiene for the rest of your child's life.
From the time your child's first tooth erupts (around 6 months old), we recommend you clean your baby's tooth morning and night. You can use either a baby toothbrush or a soft wet cloth to rub on your baby's teeth. Toothpaste is not necessary at this stage.
As your child grows, we recommend using a child friendly toothpaste (minimal fluoride), with a small headed, soft toothbrush. We recommend you teach your child how to "spit" out the toothpaste to avoid ingesting the toothpaste. Ingesting toothpaste can cause irreversible long term effects on the forming permanent adult teeth.
Many parents struggle to get their young children to spit. We suggest learning with water only until your child is confident with spitting the toothpaste out. We encourage playing a fun game where, you show your child to spit water in the sink. Developmental psychologists state children learn by imitating adults. Show your child how you brush, how you spit, how it is a part of your routine.
Assisted brushing by a parent of guardian is recommended until your child is 6 years old (or older depending on your child). After this you may consider supervised brushing. If your child is quite independent, we would suggest questions like "Do you want to use your yellow toothbrush or your pink toothbrush today", or "Do you want to use your Minions toothpaste or your Peppa Pig toothpaste?".
A common question is when should your child see the dentist or any dental professional? We would suggest taking your child to see the dental surgery approximately 1.5-2 years old. However, we suggest you speak with your dental professional about your child before this. Ensuring you are unknowingly