Tooth Tips Part 3

We have made it to tip number 3 in our ongoing tooth tip series!

Tooth Tip #3:  As teeth arrive, use the correct toothbrush and toothpaste.

When the first teeth start to show up (usually around 6 months, but this can vary greatly from child to child), use a toothbrush specifically designed for babies. These brushes have smaller heads for smaller mouths and very soft bristles to avoid damaging sensitive gums. Help and brush your child’s teeth until he or she is able to brush properly themselves, often until they are 10 or 11 years old.  You will also want to pay close attention to the type of toothpaste you choose.  Use only a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste for very young children who cannot spit and a pea sized amount of toothpaste as they grow older and can easily spit excess toothpaste down the drain.  Try not to rinse with any water after brushing for 30 minutes to ensure the fluoride can work to remineralize the teeth.  If the child is in a fluoride-free home, consider a Xylitol toothpaste which can help inhibit bacterial growth and spread.

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