How to brush baby teeth

parent brushing baby's teeth

by Bryony Firth-Bernard |
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It’s so important to take care of your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth begins to poke through in order to prevent any problems in the future. You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as their first primary tooth comes through their gums, which will normally be the lower front two teeth at around six to 10 months.

If your baby has started teething and you’re unsure how to brush their teeth don’t stress, as it’s very straight forward. We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide on exactly how to brush baby teeth, as well as when their first trip to the dentist is due.

When should you take your baby to the dentist?

Children’s Dentist, Dr. Rishi Nanavatidentist, on behalf of Nelsons® Teetha® says it’s important to take your baby to the dentist as soon as you spot their first tooth poking through their gums.

“Take your baby to the dentist as soon as their teeth start to come through,” he says. “We can keep a track of their dental development to make sure everything is happening as it should! We may also have some extra tips and guidance on managing teething or what to expect next. We’re very much used to seeing little ones in the chair and it’s helpful to see children earlier on as we can advise on the correct routines and habits to ensure good prevention and healthy teeth!”

Dental treatment for children is free on the NHS. You can find a dentist using their service search tool here.

How to brush baby teeth: a step-by step guide

There really is no art to brushing your baby’s teeth. You may find your baby squirms and struggles at first, as this is something they’re not used to. However, Dr Nanavatidentist says it’s important to keep persering, so your baby becomes familiar with this action as part of their regular routine.

Below are his steps on how to brush baby teeth:

1. Place your baby on your lap but keep them facing forwards. Try to have a mirror in front of you if possible to help guide you with the toothbrush.

2. Place one hand on your baby's torso just to keep them stable so they don't wriggle too much.

3. Brush your baby’s teeth in light circular motions with the opposite hand. It may take some time for your baby to get used to this but persevere as it will slowly form into your child's routine.

Avoid letting your baby brush their own teeth and most importantly, do not allow the baby to walk/run off with the brush in their mouth as this can be hazardous if they were to fall.

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