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Kids' Oral Care Guide (6 months - 3 years)

Two children brushing teeth

As parents, we all want to see those adorable smiles shining bright, and good oral care habits from an early age play a significant role in achieving that. In this guide, we will explore essential tips and tricks to make oral care effective and enjoyable for your children aged 6 months to 3 years.

Starting Early: Establishing Healthy Routines

Even before those first baby teeth appear, starting oral care routines is crucial. You can gently clean your baby's gums with a soft, damp cloth after feedings. Once the first tooth peeks through, around 6 months of age, switch to using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush made specifically for infants.

Choosing the Right Products

When selecting toothpaste for your toddler, opt for a fluoride-free, child-friendly toothpaste. At this age, use only a smear of toothpaste, and make sure to choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Remember, teaching your child how to spit out toothpaste is part of the learning process!

Make Brushing Fun

Toothbrushing time doesn't have to be a chore—it can be a fun and engaging activity for your little one. Sing a silly song, make animal noises, or let them choose their toothbrush and toothpaste flavour. Creating a positive association with brushing early on sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral care habits.

The next time you visit us, ask our receptionist to give you a complimentary brushing chart for your child.

Toowoomba Dental Reward Brushing Charts
Toowoomba Dental Reward Brushing Charts

Watch Their Diet

What your child eats plays a significant role in their oral health. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, especially before bedtime. Encourage healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese. Drinking water throughout the day also helps rinse away food particles that can lead to cavities.

Tooth decay = bateria + sugary foods + tooth surface + time

Regular Dental Check-ups

Visiting the dentist regularly is essential for maintaining your child's oral health. Schedule their first dental visit around their first birthday or when the first tooth appears. A friendly dental team can make the experience enjoyable and stress-free for your child, setting a positive tone for future visits.

Dealing with Emergencies

Accidents happen, especially with toddlers. In case of a dental emergency, such as a knocked-out tooth or a significant mouth injury, don't hesitate to contact an emergency dentist. Knowing who to call in such situations can save time and prevent further complications.


As parents, we hold the key to instilling good oral care habits in our children from a young age. By making oral care routines fun, choosing the right products, watching their diet, scheduling regular dental check-ups, and being prepared for emergencies, we can set our little ones up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Remember, a healthy mouth equals a happy child! Keep up the fantastic work in caring for your child's oral health.

So, what are your thoughts on these tips for kids' oral care? Share your experiences and additional tips in the comments below! Let's keep spreading those smiles!

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