Great dental care essentials for your tots’ teeth
As soon as your baby’s first tooth appears, you can start cleaning them to ensure they get the earliest start on dental care.
Milk teeth start to make an appearance after six months, with most children having around 20 teeth by the age of two to three.
Although milk teeth do eventually fall out by age 12, it’s important to treat them with care as they are vital for eating, speech development and of course, giving your baby a bobby dazzler smile!
Once your child gets their ‘big’ teeth, regular trips to the dentist, brushing twice a day and eating a low sugar diet are keys to keeping tots teeth healthy and decay-free.
Use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste and ensure that it has low fluoride levels to protect little teeth. Children aged up to three years should use toothpaste that contains 1,000ppm fluoride. Tots who are aged four plus should use toothpaste that contains between 1,350 and 1,500ppm fluoride.
When brushing your baby’s teeth, if the brush seems too big, wrap some clean muslin around your finger and gently rub. Electronic toothbrushes are believed to be 25% more effective, and are safe to use on tots – just teach them to brush in a circular motion.
Check out our selection of fab and practical dental essentials to keep your child’s tiny teeth healthy and gleaming!
Tooth gel for sore gums
This gel contains gentle calendula and non-abrasive silica especially good for milk teeth. Light fennel flavour.
Toothgel, £2.75, by Weleda.
For when the tooth fairy visits
This handmade, solid silver fairy box is lovely for your child’s bedroom for when the tooth fairy passes by… and a nice keepsake too.
Tooth Fairy box, £38, by Baby Gifts.
Definitely the whizz-kid of the toothburshes – this fab electric brush gives a gentle, effective clean with different power modes depending on age, as well as a Kid Timer, which cleverly increases over 90 days. Genuis!
Sonicare electric toothbrush, £70, by Philips.
Stage by Stage
This colourful, character based paste will get your children brushing with enthusiasm! it’s not just pretty either, as it also provides effective cavity protection in a kid-tested, mild gel formula and contains Anticavity Fluoride.
Stages toothpaste, £1.89, by Oral B.
A great homeopathic remedy specially for soothing and calming relief of the symptoms of teething. The natural, sugar-free granules work with the whole body to soothe and calm your baby, and relieve the pain and discomfort of teething. Just tip into your baby’s mouth or spoon-feed.
Teetha Teething granules, £3.99, by Nelsons.
A novel way to time your child’s teeth brushing and store their toothbrushes! This adorable wooden instruments would be a lovely addition to any family’s bathroom.
Wooden toothbrush timer and holder, £3.99, by Little Planet Toys.
Chew on this!
This funky, colourful little things are great for baby’s whose teeth are breaking through! With their cooling & chewing surfaces, it offers a variety of textures to cool painful front & back gums. Complete with integral rattle to distract from discomfort of teething.
Teethers, £3.99 each, by Mam.
For mums worried about nasty chemicals in their child’s mouth, feel at ease with this fab, 100% natural paste. Designed for delicate teeth & gums, It’s gentle on delicate teeth and gums ,100% natural and safe. This natural toothpaste is made without Fluoride, Triclosan, Sorbitol, Parabens, phthalates, artificial sweeteners, petrochemicals and colourants.
Organic spearmint toothbrush, £3.19, by Green People.
This fab toothbrush offers a unique combination of a brush and teething ring. It also has a nifty dhort neck for brushing safely, textured handle section to stimulate gums and provide relief during painful teething. Small head with super soft bristles for gentle cleaning of first teeth are great additions.
Step-by-Step baby brush, £1.50, by Wisdom.
Wash and Brush!
Many kids race through hand washing and tooth brushing duty, but ths great and practical timer teaches them to slow down. A fun way to learn good hygiene, just press the appropriate button and the green light starts to flash. As the period expires the light flashes faster eventually turning red when done.
Wash and Brush timer, £4.99, by Trendy Kid.