Caring for Your Child's Teeth

boy brushing his teeth



 0 to 3 months old


   cleaning baby's gums with clean clothGerms that cause cavities are in your mouth. Beware what you share with your baby.

  • Clean your baby's mouth everyday.
  •  Use a clean, damp cloth to clean your baby's gums.
  • When baby teeth start to appear, use a small, soft toothbrush moistened with water to  clean  them.




4 to 6 months old


 baby teethingTo help your child through their teething discomfort try the following:

  • Keep a supply of damp, clean facecloths in the fridge for baby to chew on.
  • Applying a light rubbing pressure with a clean finger can be soothing and offer some relief.
  • Refrigerating your baby's teething ring.
  • Note: If you choose teething products for your baby such as teething rings and gels, be aware of their warnings.




12 to 15 months old


baby's first birthdayCongratulations! It's Your Baby's First Birthday!

You are invited to call the Health Unit to arrange a "Happy Visit" free of charge.

It is important that a dental professional check your children's teeth by their first birthday so any problems are found early.

We will talk to you about your baby's teeth, nutrition and answer any dental questions you have. R.S.V.P. by calling 705-474-1400 x 2328 or 1-800-563-2808





1 to 3 years old


boy brushing teethChild younger than three?

  • Use a soft, small toothbrush moistened with water to clean their teeth.
  • After the 3rd birthday, a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste can be used.                        
  • Encouraged them to spit out, not swallow any extra toothpaste.





4 years and up


little girl learning to brush her teeth

  •  Brush you child's teeth 2 times a day morning and before bed using a soft bristle     toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Bring you child to the dentist for regular visits.
  • If you do not have dental coverage and are unable to afford dental visits you may be eligible for Healthy Smiles Ontario.






Do you know how cavities happen?


little girl with a toothacheCavities or tooth decay happens when sugary foods are frequently left on your teeth.

The bacteria (plaque) already in your mouth feeds on the sugar and produces acid. These acids attack the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) weakening it and causing cavities.

Plaque + Sugar = Acid Attack / Acid Attack + Tooth = Cavity 





Help your children understand the importance of dental care and healthy eating with this video







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