3 ways to keep your baby's smile healthy

24/03/2017 1:27:05 PM | 0 comments |
Healthy smiles begin early.  Here are three simple ways to keep your baby's teeth clean, healthy and free from tooth decay. 

Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

  • Before teeth appear, wipe your baby’s gums at least once daily with a clean, wet cloth.
  • Once baby teeth appear, use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush your baby’s teeth.
  • Use a rice- size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea sized amount by 36 months.

Encourage drinking from a cup 

  • Introduce a regular cup between 6-12 months of age. By one year of age, your child should be routinely drinking from a cup without a lid.
  • A good time to let your baby practice drinking from a cup is at meal times.
  • Juice, formula, milk and other sweetened drinks have sugars that can cause tooth decay. Sipping these liquids during naps, overnight or in-between meals and snacks can increase your child’s risk for tooth decay. Water is a good choice to offer at any time, as it will not harm the teeth

First dental visit by their first birthday

  • The first dental visit is recommended within 6 months of the first tooth coming in or by your baby’s first birthday. The dentist and staff can give you tips on caring for your baby’s teeth and mouth.
For more information about how to care for your baby’s teeth, visit our Teething and Toothcare webpage or contact the dental public health program at your local health unit.

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