Question Of The Week

Do we need to clean baby gums?

Yes! Cleaning baby gums helps reduce the build-up of bacteria and removes food and milk deposits. This prepares the gums for teething and can help reduce ‘teething’ pain due to gum infection and inflammation.

When should I start to brush my baby's teeth?

Even before your baby's first tooth breaks through you should get into a good dental routine of cleaning your baby's gums. Doing this daily with a xylitol wipe will give great protection against tooth decay in the early years. Keeping gums clean can also help avoid teething pain. Once the first tooth appears you need to start cleaning teeth twice a day.

When should my toddler first visit the dentist?

Once the first tooth has emerged your baby or toddler should visit the dentist. For most children this will be by the time they are one year old. Not only will the dentist check that the teeth are cominig through normally this visit will also help to get your child used to the different sights, sounds and smells of the dental surgery from a very young age.

Can my toddler use adult toothpaste?

No, not without consulting your dentist first for two reasons. Firstly, it will contain too much fluoride for his or her age and secondly the flavour is likey to be too strong especially if it is a mint toothpaste. Use a toothpaste that is the made for your toddler's age and has a flavour that they enjoy unless your dentist advises otherwise.

Why brush baby teeth?

Even new baby teeth get covered with plaque so cleaning them will remove this sticky film and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.Gums also need to be kept clean, particualrly during teething, to avoid severe teething pain that can be caused by food and bacteria getting caught under tiny gums flaps and infecting the gum tissue

How do I clean gums and baby teeth?

  • Clean teeth from when the first tooth appears
  • Sit your baby or toddler up to clean teeth. Try to avoid lying them down.
  • Use a small headed, soft-bristled toothbrush or a Brush-Baby DentalWipe to gently clean your baby's first new teeth and massage gums.
  • As your baby get more teeth we recommend mums (and dads!) brush their toddlers teeth with the toothbrush and toddlers use the Brush-Baby Chewable Toothbrush themselves, it's designed to help clean teeth and gums as it is chewed and acts like a teether - all in one!