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Oral hygiene for babies under the age of two

Did you know that baby’s primary teeth are fully formed before birth? Baby teeth simply hide under the gums until they erupt. The first teeth appear around six months, with the final teeth coming in by age three. It goes without saying that healthy teeth start with healthy gums. That’s why parents need to start an oral hygiene routine with their baby.

From birth to 6 months, simply rub baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding. This will remove any sticky film and prevent plaque from forming. When teeth start to erupt, clean them with a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Parents may find it challenging, but it is important to encourage baby to spit out the toothpaste after brushing.

We recommend that babies first visit the dentist at 6 months, when their first tooth comes out, or around their first birthday. Subsequently, babies and toddlers should see the dentist every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist.