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5 Things to consider when it comes to your kid’s teeth


Does tooth decay in baby teeth really matter? When should kids start brushing?

What’s the best braces options? Orthodontist Dr Schwartz answers your biting questions.

Tooth brushing routine

Start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears using a wet cloth or a small children’s toothbrush with water.

From toddler-hood, encourage littlies to softly brush their teeth and gum lines with a pea-size amount of fluoride-free children’s toothpaste in circular motions for at least two minutes, twice daily after meals.

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Don’t get too stressed about their technique at this stage, advises Dr Schwartz. “A child who is six won’t have the dexterity to brush their teeth properly so assistance is required,” he explains.

“That’s OK. We just want them to get into the habit of brushing and practicing good oral hygiene - protecting their baby teeth, gums, bite and fostering healthy jaw development.”

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