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A guide to protecting your baby’s teeth


Protecting your Baby's teeth | The Dental Practice BathurstSetting up good dental habits early on can have many positive benefits for your children’s teeth as they grow.

It’s important to do what you can to protect, clean and care for your baby’s teeth. This can extend through to the food and drinks they consume, as well as dental check-ups and procedures.

Caring for your children’s teeth

Set up good dental habits by brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they start to show, using the appropriate toothpaste targeted for their age group.

Low dose fluoride toothpaste should be used from six months of age (if you live in a non-fluoridated area) or 18 months (if you live in a fluoridated area). You should switch to adult fluoride toothpaste once your child turns six years old.

Regular check-ups with our practice will also help protect your children’s teeth, and these should start from around 12 months of age if there are no previous issues.

Brush thoroughly all around the surface of the teeth. Use just a small swipe of toothpaste if your child is under six years of age. If they are older, squeeze out a pea-sized amount.

Healthy habits

It’s important to limit the amount of sugar that your children consume, for their overall health and wellbeing as well as their teeth.

Encourage your children to drink plain water, rather than soft drinks or sugary fruit juice, and cut back on the amount of sweet foods you give them. From the age of six months, you can give your child cooled boiled water. Once they reach 12 months they can start drinking unboiled water.

Pacifiers or dummies can impact the way your child’s teeth develop and grow, so it’s important to limit your children’s use of these devices as much as possible and introduce them only after 1-2 months if you need to. Avoid using bottles as pacifiers as well.

We’re always available to answer any questions you have about caring for your children’s dental health. To give your child the best possible start to a life time of good oral hygiene habits, book them in for their first appointment today.


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Dr William Fitzpatrick

Dr Mark Sinclair has been involved as principal dentist at the Dental Practice in Bathurst since 1982.

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