Tips for looking after kid’s teeth

Ruth Heredia

/ Dentist

Baby teeth do fall out, but it’s important that they stay in the mouth till they’re wobbly, as they form the pathway for the new teeth to come through. So cleaning and caring for baby teeth is very important.

It’s never too early to start looking after your teeth.

Start early

Even before teeth come in, you can take care of your child’s mouth by cleaning his gums with a washcloth. Take your child for his first dental visit within six months of their first tooth, or by their first birthday.

Brush-a-brush-brush

Help your preschooler brush her teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) to keep them healthy and strong.

Teeth Time

Young children should brush their teeth for about two minutes. While brushing your child’s teeth together, try playing some music or singing the ABC song four times to help him keep track of time. Make it fun, so they can enjoy teeth time.

Picking a toothbrush

Look for children’s toothbrushes with small heads and soft (or extra-soft) bristles. Help your child get excited about brushing by letting them choose the colour.

Toothpaste

A little toothpaste goes a long way! Help children, from ages two to four, to add a smear size amount to their toothbrushes. Older children from five to nine need a pea size amount. Encourage them to brush every tooth, twice a day.

Water wash

Drinking water helps keep bodies healthy and strong. Water can also help wash food away from teeth if there isn’t time to brush after a snack.

Team work

It takes a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit your local dentist twice a year and stay in touch with your child’s GP.

Teeth’s best friends

Talk with your child about the grown-ups who can help him take care of his teeth: the dentist, dental hygienist…and you!