It’s never too early to start looking after her teeth – even though your little one’s miilk teeth will eventually fall out, it’s great to instil good habits now:
You can start cleaning milk teeth as soon as they appear – wrap a small clean piece of cloth around your finger and rub it gently over each tooth.
As more teeth come through, you may prefer to switch to a soft toothbrush. Apply a dab of age-specific toothpaste and move the brush gently over the teeth to remove any plaque. The Department of Health recommends a smear of toothpaste for children up to 3 years, and a pea size amount for children 3-6 years.
All children up to 3 years old, should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000 ppm (parts per million) up to around 1350 ppm. You can check the level of fluoride on the packaging of the toothpaste. Encourage her to spit the toothpaste out.
As she gets older, give her more responsibility for cleaning her own teeth-cleaning morning and evening every day with children’s toothpaste will ensure a beautiful smile for years to come. However, brushing should be supervised until your child is at least 6 years old.
Prevent decay by limiting sugary foods or drinks to meal-times only as it’s not the amount of these foods that do the damage, but how often it is consumed. It’s worth remembering that some processed foods can contain a lot of sugar so be sure to check the label.
Take your child with you to the dentist from an early age, you will help her familiarise herself with sounds and smells – making her first time in the chair less daunting.
Your dentist will recommend how often you should return.
For more information visit The British Dental Health Associaiton