Toothbrushing

Toothbrushing guide - film

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From the moment their first tooth appears, brush your baby’s teeth and gums at least twice daily, in the morning and last thing at night. Use toothpaste containing at least 1000 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. Find out more by using our toothbrushing tips.

Stage 1 – baby

At first your baby may find it a bit strange but will 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 a toothbrush and toothpaste with at least 1000 (parts per million (ppm) fluoride. Your child will receive regular packs from Childsmile which are suitable for home use.

For children under three 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 give 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 three years and above, use a pea-sized amount of at least 1000 - 1500 ppm (parts per million) fluoride toothpaste.

Pea

When to brush

At home, children’s teeth should be brushed last thing at night before bed time and on at least one other occasion.

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

2.2.4_girl having teeth brushed

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.

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.

Which toothbrush?

Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.

Which toothpaste?

For children aged three years and above, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing at least 1000 - 1500 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.

When to brush

At home, children’s teeth should be brushed last thing at night before bed time and on at least one other occasion. Use toothpaste containing at least 1000 - 1500 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.