The Early Years of Oral Health
The Early Years
NEVER put anything other than milk or water in a baby's bottle or sipper cup.
As soon as your baby's first tooth erupts, start cleaning it with a soft cloth. Around the age of six months, introduce your baby to an appropriate toothbrush under supervision. Put a very small amount of "milk teeth" toothpaste on the brush let them get a taste for it. Allow them to brush their own tooth/teeth first, before you take over and complete the job. Physically aid your child in brushing their teeth until they are around 8 years old.
It is helpful if you brush your own teeth while they watch, as your child will learn from you. Introduce your child to floss at around 8 years of age. Demonstrate the correct technique. It is important to realise that many cavities form between our teeth, where a toothbrush can't reach! SO flossing is every bit as important as brushing to remove all the plaque.
BRUSH TWICE A DAY - Especially before bed - then don't consume anything other than water! Make sure to also brush the bacteria from your TONGUE. Use a forward sweeping motion.
WARNING - Toothpaste can be harmful if swallowed in large amounts. It is a good idea to store toothpaste where children cannot access it without an adult. Use a 'pea-sized' amount of fluoride toothpaste and always spit it out.
FLOSS EVERY NIGHT - Check out the instructions on the Brushing & Flossing Techniques page.
Interproximal Brushes are very small 'Christmas tree shaped' brushes which are designed to clean between small spaces, under bridges and in and around braces. They are an extremely useful tool, which when added to your daily routine of brushing and flossing will help to keep your whole mouth clean.
The PHYSICAL removal of plaque from your teeth is the MOST effective way to prevent tooth decay. MOUTH RINSES can be helpful and certainly give your mouth a fresh, clean feeling, but they do not take the place of good brushing and flossing! Ask your dentist for advice.
Limit your consumption of SUGARY DRINKS. Water is BEST - Forget the REST.