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Quick Brushing Tips

  1. Remember to brush twice a day. Once in the morning, and once just before bedtime.

  2. Brush for at least two minutes—make it fun for both you and baby by singing a song while brushing!

  3. If your child is between 1 to 2 years old and hasn’t learnt to spit, just wet the toothbrush and it will do the trick. There is no need to use toothpaste as yet, unless the dentist recommends it.

  4. If your child is above 2 years old and has learnt how to spit effectively, you may start using just a smear of fluoridated toothpaste.

  5. Use a back and forth scrubbing motion to gently brush on the inside, outside, and chewing surface of each of your baby’s teeth. If you can, try gently brushing her tongue as well. This is to dislodge any bacteria that can cause bad breath.

  6. Replace the toothbrush when the bristles start to look worn, which usually takes around 3-4 months.

Related: 6 Tips to Make Brushing Teeth Fun for Kids

Baby's Visits to the Dentist

Do arrange regular visits to the dentist once your baby celebrates his/her first birthday. The dentist will be able to demonstrate how to brush your child’s teeth properly.

Related: Keep Teeth in Check

Be a Tooth Role Model

Your little one might fight you tooth and nail at first when you start brushing those adorable milk teeth, but keep at it. It helps if your child sees you brushing first, before you help your child do the same.

It’s important to set a good example and cultivate good oral hygiene practices in your kid as soon as you can. These practices will go a long way in ensuring your child has clean, bright and healthy teeth for life!