Toothbrushing

Stage 1 – baby

From the moment their first tooth appears, brush your baby’s teeth and gums twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

At first your baby may not like it, but keep at it – babies soon get used to the soothing feeling.

Find a place that is comfortable and safe for baby. Always supervise toothbrushing and never leave a baby or small child alone with a toothbrush or toothpaste.

Which toothbrush?

Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

Which toothpaste?

At home encourage healthy habits and use the toothbrush with 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste provided through Childsmile. This toothpaste is suitable for the whole family.

For children under two years of age use a smear of fluoride toothpaste on to a dry brush.

2.1.6_Smear of toothpaste

Toothbrushing positions

  • On your knee.
  • On a changing mat.
  • In a baby chair or high chair.
  • Sitting in a pram or buggy.
  • In the bath.

When to brush

  • Pick a time that is convenient to you.
  • Think of your child’s daily routine, perhaps at playtime or bath time.
  • Eventually you can move on to a morning and night time routine.

Stage 2 – toddler

A growing child needs teeth to smile and eat with, and to given them confidence. Establishing a good oral care routine from early childhood is important and can be supported by parents and carers.

Which toothbrush?

Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

Which toothpaste?

For children aged two years and above, use a small pea-sized amount. Imagine you are painting the toothpaste on.

Pea

When to brush

Introduce toothbrushing into their morning and evening routine.

As more teeth come through, it is important to develop a system of brushing that ensures that all surfaces of the teeth are brushed thoroughly each time.

Check out the toothbrushing video to see it in action.

Stage 3 – pre school

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Children should be encouraged to do some of the brushing themselves so that they develop toothbrushing skills. Remember to encourage your child. Praise will often get results.

Assist toothbrushing until about seven years of age as by then their coordination will be fully developed and they will be able to brush properly.

Which toothbrush?

Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

Which toothpaste?

For children aged two years and above, use a small pea-sized amount.

When to brush

Teeth and gums should be brushed twice a day.