Parents should regularly clean their baby's mouth every night starting at birth


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Steps for cleaning your baby's mouth

Common Problems for Cleaning Baby's Mouth

When the first tooth appears, parents should wipe their children's mouths and teeth every day.

Following the eruption of incisors, you can start brushing your child's teeth with a soft infant toothbrush and drinking water. You can also use an infant toothbrush (as shown in the picture) to get your child accustomed to toothbrushes, which will become essential when the molars come in.
Photograph of two baby toothbrushes.

When the first molar comes in, parents must brush their children's teeth twice a day in the morning and before bed at night.

For children under the age of 2, parents should pick a toothbrush with soft bristles and the brush head size should be approximately the diameter of a Hong Kong 10-cent coin (~15mm). Make sure your child knows how to spit before using toothpaste for brushing.
Photograph of a child toothbrush head with its length similar to the diameter of a Hong Kong 10-cent coin.

To effectively clean your child's teeth, it is important to use a correct toothbrushing method. It is best to follow a sequence during brushing:

Parents should allow their children to learn to brush the teeth on their own when they are 2 years old

Parents should allow their children to learn brushing the teeth on their own when they are 2 years old. Parents should get their children a new toothbrush, with the length of the head less than the diameter of a 20-cent coin when their children are between 2 - 6 years old.
If your child knows how to spit, you can let your child brush his/her teeth with a pea-sized blob of fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night. Since your child's fine motor skill is not yet well-developed, he/she might not be able to master the toothbrushing skill and you need to follow up by re-brushing his/her teeth thoroughly every night.
When you brush your child's teeth, you can stand behind him/her at the side and tilt his/her head slightly upwards by supporting his/her chin with one hand.

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Brushing Teeth is What Children Can Do (PDF Brochure)

Last revision date: 18 January 2012