How To Brush Your Baby’s First Teeth

Curaprox Baby World - Baby Toothbrush How To Brush Your Baby's teeth

The first tiny tooth is beginning to make an appearance so it’s now time to introduce your baby to their first proper toothbrush. The Curaprox Baby toothbrush makes cleaning teeth gentle and fun.

  • Offers gentle, yet exceptional, cleaning
  • Cares for the teeth with extra-fine, gentle CUREN® filaments and lots of them
  • Protects the tissue that lines the mouth thanks to is soft rubberised brush head
  • Reaches all areas of the mouth with its compact brush head so you can make sure each and every tooth is cleaned properly
  • Ensures children get into the habit of holding their toothbrush correctly, with gentle pressure – thanks to the rounded handle
  • Is recommended by dentists worldwide
  • Is “toxin-free” – and completely safe to use

Introducing your baby to their first toothbrush is an exciting and new experience and one that will teach your little ones about good oral care for the rest of their lives.

While that sounds like a lot of pressure – don’t panic. It’s more important at this stage that you take your time and keep it fun. Building a positive experience with toothbrushing is really important for little ones, getting the techniques right can follow.

Teaching your baby that toothbrushing is a good and a happy thing should be your goal and so it needs to be relaxed. Make sure you have plenty of time in the beginning to let them adjust. Here’s a few tips on how to get started:

  • First off, when that tiny tooth begins to peep out now is the time to introduce your little one to their very own first proper toothbrush. This is a special moment and a new experience for your baby and one they will be naturally curious about.
  • If your baby has been using the Curaprox Baby teething ring then they will already be familiar with a bristle sensation so introducing a toothbrush should be a little easier.
  • Start by just introducing the brush to your baby, no paste is needed at this point, let’s just get used to this new and interesting object on its own. At first, they will be curious and want to inspect what it actually is. It can often help to let baby hold their own brush whilst you gently introduce another brush to their new tiny tooth. Lots of chewing will no doubt be involved at this stage but that’s fine as the Curaprox Baby toothbrush has been designed to be very gentle to tiny mouths.

How should I hold my baby when we are learning to brush?

Well, this is a personal choice but below are two approaches that you could try and choose the one that works best for you.

1. Positioned in front of a large mirror, sit baby on your lap with their back to your chest so that you can both see what is happening.  Let baby have their own brush and whilst they are investigating it slowly introduce the brush you are holding into their mouths, working in tiny, gentle circular motions around the new tooth.  If baby tries to put his brush in too then that is fine, remove yours and guide them gently with lots of happy praise. 

Curaprox Baby World - Teething Ring
Curaprox Baby World - Baby Toothbrush How To Brush Your Baby's teeth

2. Sit your baby in a bouncy chair on the floor and get down to their level so you are facing them.

Give them their own brush and slowly introduce your brush into your baby’s mouth, working in tiny, gentle circular motions around the new tooth. Again, if your baby tries to introduce their brush then remove yours and guide them with lots of praise.

Singing songs whilst learning to brush is also a great idea and helps make the whole experience fun and enjoyable for you both. You can also have their favourite teddy close to hand as teddy needs clean teeth as well!

See what works for you, but above all never force a brush into your baby’s mouth as this will only create a negative association to brushing, something you want to avoid at all costs. If today is a bad day then remember tomorrow is another day. 

Once the first step has been successfully mastered we can start to look at developing our brushing. Ideally we need to be brushing morning and evening but again, make sure you have plenty of time to do this.

All babies love routine so make sure it becomes part of their every day (it normally takes about 3 weeks for something to become a new habit), but always make sure you leave it at least 30 minutes after they have eaten.

Brushing just after eating can actually cause more harm than good as the pH levels in the mouth drop and your saliva has a higher acid content to break down food. Waiting 30 minutes can help balance these pH levels meaning that your brushing is doing what it is intended to do.

Once your baby has accepted their new toothbrush then you can look at introducing a tiny amount of baby toothpaste onto their brush. This is a really tiny amount though, a smear is all that is needed, or the size of a grain of rice until they are around 3 then you can progress to a pea sized amount.

From two-and-a-half years old your child will probably be ready to start to brush their own teeth but under your supervision of course, maybe with the odd bit of help here and there.

Curaprox Baby World - Baby Toothbrush How To Brush Your Baby's teeth

How to brush teeth properly

It’s very simple but not many of us actually do it right! When brushing you should be moving the brush in small circular movements half on the gum line and half over the tooth. Work your way around the mouth and pay particular attention to the back teeth. These can be tricky to reach but turning your brush to a vertical position will help with this.

Also don’t forget the inside of the front teeth both top and bottom. Plaque can easily build up here. To brush a full set of teeth properly will take 2 minutes. When your baby has started to brush themselves a little timer may be a good idea so they have something to guide them.

We all live busy lives but taking a little time to learn good oral care with your baby is really setting them up for good oral care for life, and one day they may be teaching their own little ones too!

Happy Brushing!