Mouth Care for the Young Child

Mouth Care for the Young Child
Mouth Care for the Young Child
Questions and Answers
When should my child start to brush?
You should start to clean your baby’s mouth soon after birth.
Using a clean, damp cloth, gently wipe the gums. This will remove
germs and prepare your child for tooth brushing.
How can I brush my child’s teeth?
While your child is still very young, have them lie in your lap or lay
them on the floor. Use a soft baby toothbrush as soon as teeth appear.
When do baby teeth start to grow?
Baby teeth start to come in around 6 months of age. All 20 baby teeth
should be in the mouth between the age of 2 and 3. While teething,
your child may be grumpy and drool a lot. Teething should not cause
fever or diarrhea. Any time your young child has a fever call your
doctor. Do not assume that it is associated with teething.
Do I need to use toothpaste?
You can use a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste (the size of
a grain of rice or a slight smear) until your child can spit (3 to 4 years
old). Once your child can spit properly, you may increase the amount
of fluoridated toothpaste slightly to the size of a green pea.
My child likes to brush by himself.
Children must brush twice a day and will need your help with this
at least once during the day until they are about 8 or 9 years old.
Around the age of 2, your child may want to copy you and should be
allowed to brush, however, it is important that you assist your child.
When should I take my child to the dentist?
Your child should visit the dentist by the age of 1 year.
You may call the WRHA clinic: Machray School Clinic 940-2090
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