When Should I Start Brushing My Baby’s Teeth With a Toothbrush?
Last week we covered how to clean your baby’s teeth, this week we’re covering when you should start to brush your baby’s teeth with a toothbrush.
For most children under the age of 3, a toothpaste with fluoride is not needed. In order to make sure your child is at low-risk for developing cavities, we would recommend making an appointment in our Edmonton office with either Dr. Alex Pavlenko or Dr. Stas Pavlenko.
If your child is confirmed to be in the low-risk category, you should start to brush your child’s teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush moistened only with water from the time that their first tooth erupts until age three. Toothbrushes are available on the market which are marketed or labelled for children. These are usually smaller in size, more colourful and have kid friendly characters. Our concern as dentists is with the quality of the brush, not its design. Look for a brush which has a Canadian Dental Association seal on the package. This is a symbol which lets you know that the product is safe and effective.
Next week we’ll discuss when you should introduce toothpaste into your child’s dental care routine.