When and how do I clean my baby's teeth?
At Sporting Smiles, we stress the importance of starting healthy habits early. From the moment you bring your baby home, start cleaning your baby’s mouth even if he/she doesn’t have teeth. You can clean his/her gums and tongue with moistened gauze, cloth, or a silicone rubber fingertip toothbrush during bath-time.
When your child’s first tooth erupts, a toothbrush will remove bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least twice a day, but especially at bedtime. Children often do not have the manual dexterity needed to effectively clean their teeth. For this reason, we recommend brushing for your child until they are 8 years of age and flossing for them until they are 10 years of age.
Speak to the doctors at Sporting Smiles to learn more about fluoridated toothpaste and supplements. Supervised home care is essential in maintaining your child’s optimal oral health.