It’s important to start taking care of babies’ dental health before they get teeth. When baby is a few days old, you can start to clean the mouth and gums with a damp cloth daily. Good habits now will prevent dental decay later in life.
Healthy teeth and gums are important. Tooth decay can lead to pain, infection and the need for serious surgery. For concerns about your child’s dental health – contact your local public health dental program
• Wipe your baby’s gums or brush their tooth/teeth twice each day
• One you see a tooth coming in, use a soft toothbrush with a rice grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Get tips here on how to brush.
• Avoid sugar as much as possible and limit eating to set snack or meal times.
By their first birthday, your child should have already seen a dentist. If cost is something you’re concerned about, you may be eligible for basic dental care benefits through the BC Healthy Kids Program.