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CLEANING

Why do my child’s adult teeth look yellow compared with his/her baby teeth?
Baby teeth are naturally whiter than adult teeth. When adult teeth stand next to baby teeth, the difference in colour is more noticeable. Teeth also appear more yellow when plaque is not removed.

When should I start cleaning my child’s teeth?
After regular feeding, even before a tooth comes in, wiping your child’s gums with a damp washcloth helps keep your child’s mouth clean. When the first tooth comes in, it is recommended that you begin using a soft toothbrush or a finger brush to clean the tooth.

When the teeth begin to touch, flossing is recommended. It doesn’t hurt to begin flossing even before then to get your child used to the fact that oral hygiene involves brushing AND flossing. We recommend that teeth be cleaned at least twice a day—after breakfast and before bedtime. For more information on how to clean a child’s teeth, please contact our office to arrange an appointment.

When can my child start using toothpaste?
A non-fluoridated toothpaste can be used when a child’s first tooth comes in. After brushing, a parent should wipe off the paste with a facecloth or dry 2×2 gauze towel. When a child is able to spit or the teeth can be completely wiped clean after brushing, fluoridated toothpaste can be used. This is usually possible around age three.

What about flossing?
Begin flossing as soon as there are two teeth touching one another. Flossing is important because it cleans the teeth where a brush cannot reach. It doesn’t hurt to begin flossing before then to get your child used to the fact that oral hygiene involves brushing AND flossing.