As soon as a baby has reached 6 to 10 months old, parents can expect to see their baby’s first tooth. One of the many milestones in your child’s life would be to start learning the concept and need to brush their teeth, eventually by themselves.
A baby toothbrush is an essential starting point (and celebration), and is going to be a vital part of your child’s life. As it will be used on a daily basis and babies do have small and delicate mouths, the selection of a baby toothbrush needs to be carefully considered by every parent. The bristles need to be soft enough to not cause damage to your baby’s gums but also firm enough to brush and clean their teeth as it is susceptible to tooth decay.
To start, parents can choose a gum brush before their baby’s first tooth emerges, then progress to a baby toothbrush, and eventually a toddler toothbrush, at which point they will have learned to brush their teeth independently.
To complement all toothbrush products, suitable baby toothpaste will also have to be considered carefully. There are a large number of brands available in the market that have their own specific features, with accompanying marketing strategies. Rest assured, you (and your baby) will be spoilt for choice.
To help with your selection, a few brands of baby toothpaste do have minimal fluoride to help prevent tooth decay. On the other hand, some brands do not contain any fluoride to prevent children from swallowing fluoride on a daily basis at such an early age.
They also come in an array of flavours to cater to many different tastes and preferences. Our experts at Baby Basics would suggest that you consider starting with non-fluoride toothpaste for your baby, then followed by products that do contain fluoride once your child has learned to spit or rinse their mouths out properly.