Oral care should start from the very beginning of a child’s life. Even before their first tooth emerges, inadequate oral care can affect their future appearance and health. Infants have special oral care needs that every new and experienced parent should know about.

“Baby teeth usually emerge around seven to eight months of age, and being armed with the right information on the special oral health needs of infants will help guard against baby bottle decay and ensure your child is receiving enough fluoride which will lead to healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.” says Dr. Gordon Scott, a Canadian dentist with over twenty-five years experience.

Below are helpful tips from Dr. Gordon Scott
on how to care for teething children*:

Treating Teething Pain

Before treating infants for teething, it is important to know what is causing the discomfort. This can be determined by rubbing a finger gently along the gums feeling for swollen ridges or a tooth under the surface of the gums.




Other tips

  • Cold, Frozen Washcloths – tie the washcloth into knots as some babies enjoy the hardness. Try out different degrees of coldness for each baby.
  • Ice Cube and Slushy Remedy – choose either water, breast milk or chamomile tea to freeze. The frozen sensation will help ease the pain of teething.
  • Plush Chew Toys – a fun, colourful and bright chew toy will engage your baby and possibly distract from the pain of teething.
  • Your Finger – one’s finger is a chew toy that is never too far away. Always remember to clean your finger prior to providing it as a chew toy.
  • Cold Fruit or Vegetables – use re-usable tea bags to package frozen carrots or bananas cut into a size that is too large for a baby to place into their mouths. Ensure the tea bag strings are cut off as longer strings can represent a strangulation hazard for babies.

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WHEN BRUSHING’S FUN, IT GETS DONE!

Beyond Teething – Oral Care for every Stage

Even before that first tooth emerges, it is important to start thinking about how to properly administer oral care.

Timeline for Care:

4 – 18 months:

Teething gels: to ease the pain of teething.

Tooth and Gum cleansers: Sugars in formula, juice and other foods can build up a plaque-like film. Cleaning the teeth and gums at an early age helps develop healthy habits for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.

  • Your child can sit on your lap, or stand at the sink. You’ll need to do most of the brushing since your child doesn’t have the coordination yet to do an effective job. Using a soft brush or fi nger cot will help to gently brush away oral bacteria and sugar.


18 months – 4 years:

Fluoride-free toothpaste: Use a fluoride-free toothpaste until your child is four years old. It will help to remove plaque when brushing and promotes good oral hygiene at an early age. Orajel™ Fluoride Free Toddler Training Toothpastes are gluten-free, dairy-free and sodium lauryl sulfate-free. They come in delicious fruity flavours that kids will enjoy using.

  • Apply a pea size amount of toothpaste on the brush. Brush teeth thoroughly after each meal or at least twice a day.


4 years and up:

Fluoride toothpaste: When it comes time to transition to a fluoride toothpaste, make it fun for your child. Look for toothpastes that have fun visuals, a great taste and that will engage your child – which will make oral care fun for the entifamily.

  • Brush teeth thoroughly, preferably after each meal, or at least 2 times daily or as directed by a health care practitioner. Children under 6 should only use a pea-sized amount and be supervised to brush properly and not to swallow.


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