How should I care for my child’s teeth?

May 12th, 2015

It’s important to start cleaning your baby’s teeth twice each day as soon as you see that first little tooth emerging from the gum. If you start early, your little one will soon get used to having his or her teeth cleaned.

Your little ones first tooth will most likely appear around six months and will be a bottom front tooth. However, the time a baby’s first tooth appears can vary hugely. A small number of babies are born with their first tooth, whilst others will still have no teeth by the age of one! Your little one will eventually have a set of 20 milk teeth, all of which should have emerged by the time he is about two and a half.

The care and cleaning of your baby’s teeth is important for long-term dental health. Even though the first set of teeth will fall out, tooth decay makes them fall out more quickly, leaving gaps before the permanent teeth are ready to come in. The remaining teeth may then crowd together to attempt to fill in the gaps, which may cause the permanent teeth to come in crooked and out of place. Daily dental care should begin even before your baby’s first tooth emerges. Wipe your baby’s gums daily with a clean, damp flannel, or brush them gently with a soft, infant-sized toothbrush such as the BugBrush and water (no toothpaste!).

As soon as the first tooth appears, brush it with water and toothpaste, using only a tiny amount. It’s OK to use a little more toothpaste once a child is old enough to spit it out — usually around age 3. Use only a pea-sized amount or less in younger children. By the time all your baby’s teeth are in, try to brush them at least twice a day and especially after meals. Try to make the experience as fun and interactive as possible for your little one, let them experience brushing and cleaning their teeth as part of a fun daily activity.



Ask the Midwife

Our in house expert Midwife and Health Visitor Katie HiltonKatie Hilton is our in house expert Midwife and Health Visitor with 13 years experience working with and supporting parents.

She is available to answer all of your pregnancy, birth and parenting related questions.

Simply fill in the form below with your details and question and Katie will respond to you directly within 24 hours.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message


Enter the code above

Recent posts

  • Categories