Healthy Toothy Tricks

Follow these simple tips and keep their beautiful smile healthy

  1. Start young – a dental check-up from as young as one years old will not only make the dentist feel like a family friend to your child as they grow up, but also stop dental problems in their tracks.
  2. Before your baby even has teeth you can gently brush their gums with a very soft baby toothbrush or even a washcloth, to get them used to the feeling of having their mouth cleaned. When those first teeth appear, even just the lower two, start brushing with a baby toothbrush and infant toothpaste.
  3. Brush before bedtime – after that, do not give the child any food or drink, except water or unsweetened Rooibos tea until the next morning.
  4. Avoid juice, formula, milk or teas before bedtime – the sugary contents of their bottle will be feeding bacteria during the night, causing tooth decay. 
  5. Cut back on juice in daytime bottles. As a daylong drink for babies, too much juice can lead to tooth decay. Give non-sugary drinks at meals and juice only as a treat.
  6. Be aware of the damage a sippy cup is doing to their new front teeth. Many children cling to them, much like a pacifier. Ensure their sippy cup has a silicone spout to avoid dental chips.
  7. Watch out for overly sweet medicines. Many children’s medications are flavoured and sweetened. If they are taking medicine before bedtime they may need a mouth rinse to avoid tooth decay formation during the night. This applies specifically to children on chronic medications for asthmas or on antibiotics.
  8. Ditch the dummy by 2.5 years of age. Most good pacifiers are orthodontically endorsed such as the Chicco Physio Soft and the Chicco Physio Air, but if they are not they could affect how the child’s teeth alignment. Too much soothing can even affect the muscles of the mouth. This applies to thumb-sucking too.
  9. Lead by example. Stand firm on dental rules and allow your children to see your good habits, and they will follow in your footsteps.  
  10. Be patient. Kids can start brushing their teeth with a little help from grown-ups around two or three years old. However, they may not be completely ready to go it alone until as old as six. Flossing skills may take as long as ten years old.
  11. Don’t wait until too late in the day. If your child is tired you may not get much enthusiasm and cooperation with brushing and flossing. Start before it’s too close to bedtime.
  12. Let your child choose their own toothpaste. A good quality, sugar-free flavoured toothpaste like Chicco’s Strawberry or Banana and Apple are two delicious flavours that keep children enthusiastic about dental care.
  13. Motivation and group efforts encourage children. If they can brush with the whole family or parents they will find it way more fun.

Written by Chicco Staff

Apr 2021

Featured Products

Electric Toothbrush – Pink

New to the Chicco dental range, the Electric Toothbrush allows children to get a deeper clean to their milk teeth. Gentle, but firm, the small head reaches inside little mouths and the non-abrasive bristles offer a perfect clean. Also available in pink.

Toothpaste Strawberry 50ml 12m+ Flouride

Strawberry flavoured toothpaste that contains Xylitol, known for helping prevent tooth decay. Low abrasion formula does not damage milk teeth. Contains flouride. Delicious taste encourages brushing. Ideal for children from 12 months.

Multi-functional Gum Gel 2in1 (30ml)

Chicco Multifunction Gum Gel kills bacteria in the oral cavity, whether teeth have started sprouting or not.
The mild oral gel is made of Chamomile flowers and contains xylitol, which prevents accumulation of bacteria.
Chicco Multifunction Gum Gel is harmless if swallowed and has no flavour or preservatives.
Use on your finger or a finger toothbrush to get baby used to the feeling of dental care.

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