Cleaning children's teeth

Child brushing teethWhen and how to brush your child's teeth

This video aims to provide parents and carers of young children with some basic advice on when to start brushing their child's teeth and how to do it. The recommendations are in line with best practice in Ireland 2014.

 

 

 

 

From 0 until 2 years old

  • You can start to clean a baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
  • As more teeth begin to appear, brush the child's teeth with a soft toothbrush and water.
  • Do Not Use Toothpaste.
  • It may be difficult at first but a baby will become used to this routine. Cleaning a baby's teeth is very important to help protect against tooth decay.

To download the poster in English click here.

To download the poster in Irish click here.

From 2 until 7 years old

  • You can start to use toothpaste, but only use a small pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.Pea sized toothpaste
  • Supervise brushing twice a day, at bedtime and one other time during the day.
  • Children under seven years are not able to brush their own teeth properly, they need help from an adult, the same way they need help shampooing their hair and tying their shoelaces.
  • Never rinse after brushing, just spit
  • Remember children should never eat or swallow toothpaste. Make sure a child never manages to eat toothpaste from the tube.
  • It takes two to three minutes to brush teeth properly (about the length of a song)

To download the poster in English click here.

To download the poster in Irish click here.