Dental Care for Babies

Babies are a joy for many people. We take care of them and protect them. But when it comes to dental care and their little teeth start popping up, many questions start popping up too. Here are some answers to many common questions that will help direct you and keep your baby’s mouth clean.

How soon should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that you start cleaning your baby’s mouth even before their teeth emerge1. Your baby’s first tooth should start to surface around six months old. You should start brushing their tooth/teeth twice a day at this point. This will help keep their growing mouth clean and also help the baby to get used to having their mouth cleaned. Good habits start early.

What kind of toothbrush should I use?

When cleaning your baby’s teeth early on, it is recommended to use a soft cloth wrapped around your finger.  Using only water, gently wipe down the gums and any surfacing teeth. This will keep the areas free of debris and germs that can linger and cause decay.

When teeth begin to surface, move to a soft toothbrush with round bristles. Use the brush to gently rub around the teeth to clear out any debris. Toothpaste is not required early on unless there are signs of tooth decay. Only a small amount of toothpaste should be used in this case, about the size of a grain of rice.

When should I bring my baby to the dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that babies have their first dental visit within 6 months of the sign of their first tooth or by one years old2. This is important as it helps determine if your cleaning has been working, if there are any problems, or if there are signs of problems to come. It will also help your child become used to the dentist.

At Sevenoaks Dental Group we love to see young ones come through our door. Starting good dental care at a young age can help them for the rest of their lives. If you have questions about your infant’s dental care or would like to schedule their first appointment call 604-853-8301 or make an appointment online.

For more resources and information visit the Canadian Dental Association or HealthLinkBC.

1. http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/cleaning.asp
2. http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care_children/first_visit.asp