When should you start brushing your teeth?

Mother and daughter brush their teeth

When a baby's first teeth come through, a number of oral hygiene routines are essential.

  • Before the first teeth appear, brushing is not necessary. Simply use a compress soaked in saline solution or water to ensure your baby's oral hygiene. To prevent the formation of bacteria in his mouth, always keep a close eye on his diet.
  • Brushing your baby's teeth begins as soon as he or she starts teething. To avoid the formation of dental plaque, it's important to adopt good habits as early as possible. To brush your toddler's teeth, stand behind him/her and hold him/her firmly in your arms. It's important to note that the fluoride content of the toothpaste used varies according to the child's age. But in all cases, the product should be less abrasive.
  • From the time your baby's first teeth come through (usually around 6 months) until he's 2 years old, make sure his teeth are brushed once a day, preferably after a meal.
  • When your child reaches the age of 2, the frequency of brushing should be increased slightly. In other words, teeth should be brushed twice a day. From this age onwards, the fluoride content of the toothpaste used should be between 250 ppm and 600 ppm when the child knows how to spit.
  • From the age of 3, children's teeth should be brushed twice a day, but with a toothpaste slightly higher in fluoride. Specifically, the product should be fluoridated to between 500 ppm and 1000 ppm.
  • After the age of 6, there's still no change in brushing frequency. Indeed, from this age onwards, children should brush 2 times a day. However, parents should buy a fluoride toothpaste between 1000 and 1500 ppm.