Clean your baby's mouth and gums with a soft cloth or gauze pad. When your child's first teeth come in, continue cleaning them with a soft cloth or gauze pad.1 As more teeth come in, clean teeth with a soft toothbrush. Because too much fluoride can be toxic and can stain a child's teeth, ask your doctor or dentist if it's okay to use fluoride toothpaste.
Brush your child's teeth twice a day. When your doctor or dentist says it's okay, use a
dab of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a rice grain for children younger than 3 or about the size of a green pea for children older than 3.2 Brush your child's teeth from behind.
Health Canada (2009). Caring for your teeth and mouth: Children. Available online: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/oral-bucco/care-soin/child-enfant-eng.php.
Canadian Dental Association (2003, revised 2012). CDA position on use of fluorides in caries prevention. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/cda/about_cda/position_statements.asp.
March 19, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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