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When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth?

When your baby is around six months old, you might notice the first baby teeth pushing through the surface of the gums.  Of course, each child is different: The first tooth might appear as early as three months, or not until twelve months. But when do you need to start brushing baby’s teeth?
 
It's best to start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as you see that little tooth bud emerging through the gums for the first time. In fact, even before the first tooth comes through, it’s a good idea to gently wipe the gums with a clean washcloth, in order to remove surface bacteria.

Why are milk teeth so important?

Even though milk teeth eventually fall out, it's important to take good care of them. After all, milk teeth have to last for six to 10 years until the adult teeth come through.

Baby teeth are important for your child's health, and development. Teeth help us chew, speak and smile. They also hold space in the jaws for the adult teeth, which are already in place below the gums. If baby teeth are removed before their natural time to fall out, space for the permanent teeth can be lost, which might lead to problems like overcrowding of the adult teeth.

That's why starting a strong dental care routine from an early age is important not only for hygiene, but also for establishing an understanding of oral health, which can last a lifetime. If you start brushing together as soon as you see those first teeth coming through, and make a first dentist visit in the first few months, so the dentist can see that everything is progressing well; your little one can start to learn that brushing teeth, and trips to the dentist, can be a normal and fun part of life.

What to look for in baby’s first toothbrush

Did you know that the enamel on milk teeth is 50% thinner than adult teeth? This means that they need special care and attention, so make sure you buy a toothbrush suited to your child’s stage: Your baby’s first toothbrush should have soft bristles, to avoid gum and enamel damage. It should also be easy to hold for little hands (and the adults assisting them).

Use the toothbrush to softly massage the teeth and gums (even where there are no exposed teeth yet). This helps your baby to get used to the feeling of having a toothbrush in their mouth. Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothbrushes are a great way to start: They have easy grip handles, and multi-angled soft bristles, to surround each tooth and clean your baby’s teeth with minimal fuss.

What to look for in baby’s first toothpaste.

When you’re first introducing a toothbrush, you might prefer to wet the brush without using toothpaste, until your baby is comfortable with the process. Until the age of two, babies are still learning how to swallow. So when you introduce toothpaste for the first time, make sure it is specially formulated for under-twos, with lower levels of fluoride.

Aquafresh Milk Teeth Toothpaste has been specially developed for babies aged 0 – 2, so it’s ready when you are. The gently sweet minty flavour is ideal for tiny tastebuds; and though it's tough on decay, it's much less abrasive than regular toothpastes, making it kind to baby's teeth.

Top tips for introducing brushing

  • Allow your baby to play with a toothbrush: Bathtime is a good opportunity! This allows them to become familiar with the brush, as they are introduced to the toothbrushing routine.
  • Let your baby see you, and the rest of the family, brushing teeth: Babies learn by wanting to copy what they see!
  • Once your baby can hold the brush, let them practice brushing their own teeth, then give a little scrub yourself to make sure it's done. It might be messy, but they'll have a great time learning.
  • Download the free Aquafresh Brushing App! The all-singing, all-dancing characters will help you introduce your little one to brushing the whole mouth, and will help brushing become fun!

This article is kindly sponsored by Aquafresh, experts in kids' oral health. They're helping moms make sure that children's teeth are growing up stronger, with specially developed brushes and toothpaste for each stage of the journey.


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