Children’s Dentistry > Oral Hygiene

To promote good oral hygiene, we encourage you to begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear, so they associate this as a normal part of everyday life.  Simply brush gently with a soft bristled baby toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. It is also beneficial to introduce flossing at an early stage, as soon as there are two teeth next to each other have erupted.

It’s also vitally important that your child brushes their teeth before going to bed at night, because during the eight to ten hours your child is asleep, bacteria will feast on food particles left on the teeth and produce enamel-eating acid. The flow of saliva in the mouth is also lower at night, so food is less likely to be washed naturally off the teeth.