How to brush your child's teethPRINT PAGE
- You can introduce a soft children’s toothbrush from 12 months (earlier if tolerated by the infant) and just use water.
- We recommend you start using toothpaste from 18 months.
- Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day (morning and before bed) to remove plaque that can cause infant infant tooth decay and gum disease.
Signs that your child's teeth are not being brushed correctly are:
- Red and swollen gums
- A furry white film over the teeth (plaque)
The six steps below show you how to brush your child's teeth correctly (18 months to 6 years):
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed.
How to brush charts are also available in Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Turkish or Vietnamese from our Translated materials page.