Cleaning little gums and baby teeth
Daily dental care should begin even before your baby's first tooth emerges.
Cleaning toothless gums will help to prevent the build up of bacteria and establish a healthy environment for your baby’s new baby teeth.
Wipe your baby's gums with gauze or a soft damp cloth after feeding.
If your baby has a only a few baby teeth continue to clean the toothless gum areas twice a day. You can do this at the same time you brush their new baby teeth.
Allowing your baby to chew on Brush-Baby will help to clean gums.
Brushing baby teeth
You can start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as its first tooth appears. Clean your baby's teeth twice a day, after breakfast and last thing at night. Allowing your baby to chew on Brush-Baby will also help to keep teeth clean.
Initially clean your baby’s teeth with water or use a tiny smear of toothpaste, for older children use a pea-sized amount. Always use toothpaste with the correct amount of fluoride for your baby's or child's age (see Fluoride: choosing the correct toothpaste).
Remember when brushing with a fluoride toothpaste:
- Spit out toothpaste after use - this prevents your child from swallowing it.
- Don't eat or swallow toothpaste - this could give your child too much fluoride.
- Don't rinse - fluoride can go on protecting the teeth for some time after brushing if the toothpaste is not rinsed out of the mouth.
- Always keep toothpaste tubes out of the reach of children.