FAQ

Questions about Orajel™ or oral care? Please select a category:

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

Pediatricians and dentists recommend starting as soon as teeth become visible in the mouth. That’s because sugars in food, milk, and formula can lead to tooth decay. It is important to promote good oral hygiene at an early age.

What should I use to brush my baby’s teeth?

When your baby is under one year old, he or she needs to become accustomed to having his or her teeth and gums cleaned. A soft finger toothbrush will work well.

Try Baby Orajel™ Tooth & Gum Cleanser. It’s specially formulated for babies and toddlers. It’s made with a special ingredient to help remove plaque and prevent build-up. Plus it’s safe if swallowed because it’s fluoride-free. It doesn’t foam nor contain abrasives. Your baby will enjoy the experience because it’s flavoured in Mixed Fruit or Apple-Banana.

How do I brush my baby’s teeth?

As soon as teeth start to appear, start brushing twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) using a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush. As your child gets older let him/her use their own toothbrush. Until children are 7 or 8 years old, you will need to help them brush. Try brushing their teeth first and then letting them finish.

Can I put my baby to bed with a bottle?

Never (unless it’s water) because the sugar in formula or juice will pool around the teeth. A severe condition known as baby bottle tooth decay may occur.

Why should I use a non-fluoride cleanser for my baby’s teeth?

While fluoride can help prevent cavities, ingesting too much fluoride could result in fluorosis, white spots that develop on the permanent teeth. Children are exposed to a wide variety of sources, including drinking water, fluoride toothpaste, fluoride supplements, and some food. Young children are at risk of swallowing too much toothpaste because they may not know now to spit the toothpaste out.

When should I start taking my child to the dentist?

Your pediatrician is trained to check a baby’s teeth and provide instruction on cavity prevention.

Visits to the dentist are also an important part of good oral care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first checkup when the first tooth appears, or no later than your child’s first birthday.

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