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Oral Care for Infants

Updated: Dec 17, 2018

A smile lasts a lifetime so it pays to develop good oral habits right from the start. Baby's gums should be carefully cleaned after feeds with a clean gauze or cloth. Once teeth appear you can start brushing twice daily with a toothbrush designed for infants and just a smear of toothpaste. Regular visits to the dentist should be scheduled as soon as your child has some teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Oral care should commence straight away

  • Start brushing and flossing twice daily when teeth appear

  • Children's toothbrushes should be small with soft bristles

Once your child is around age three they can start learning to clean their own teeth and you can increase the amount of toothpaste used. Your dentist can offer advice and check that their oral routine is working.

"Taking care of your baby’s mouth both before and after they get their teeth is so important."

For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180


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