Baby teeth are essential for your baby’s oral health and overall well-being, so taking care of them is crucial. Brushing a toddler’s teeth can be a bit of a wrestling match. It’s one of those jobs that are difficult and thus parents ignore it often. You should start emphasizing your child’s oral hygiene even before the first baby tooth erupts. This is important not only to keep up a good level of protection but also to normalize brushing.

Tips and Tricks

Use a sterile cloth

For the first few months use a sterile wash cloth and rub gently. Start using a soft bristle toothbrush once the child is 8-10 months old.

Baby teeth

Be very gentle while brushing baby teeth

When baby teeth first erupt the gums are tender and the adjacent teeth are also erupting. So be gentle while brushing your teeth so the kids do not become resistant to brushing.

Soft bristles of the brush

Milk teeth have almost half the amount of enamel as adult teeth so they should be handled with care. Use toothbrushes with soft bristles so the brush does not damage the teeth.

Use age-appropriate toothpaste

Use toothpaste which is recommended for kids. These toothpastes have less abrasive materials and controlled amounts of fluoride.

Quantity of toothpaste

For ages 3 years and under just put a thin smear of toothpaste on the brush.

For ages 3 to 6 years pea-sized toothpaste is enough.

Try that the kids do not swallow the toothpaste but it is easier said than done.

Brush twice daily

Children and adults should brush their teeth at least twice every day.

Brush up and down round and round

Brush the teeth all over so you get the bottom, the top, and the sides. Make sure you cover all the teeth.

Let kids have a go at brushing themselves

Help the kids brush their teeth initially but let them have a go themselves as well. They might do it wrong but that is how they will learn.

Try to keep brushing fun

Brush for fun. Involve kid’s toys and demonstrate the toys.


When can I start using toothpaste on my baby's teeth?

Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.

Can an 18 month old brush their teeth?

Use water on the toothbrush until your child is 18 months old unless a dentist tells you otherwise. From 18 months to 3 years, you can start using a smear-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste, unless a dentist recommends otherwise. Your child can start helping to clean their teeth at around 2 years of age.

How do you clean a baby's first teeth?

As soon as the first tooth appears, clean teeth using a soft infant toothbrush designed for children under 2 years. If your baby doesn’t like the toothbrush in their mouth, you can keep using a clean, damp face washer or gauze to wipe the front and back of each tooth.

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