Teeth Care: How to help your child care for their teeth at each stage and age

Teeth Care: How to help your child care for their teeth at each stage and age

Supporting our children in developing good habits is one of our most important roles as parents. Knowledge is power, so use this handy guide to each and every stage of your child’s development.


Caring for our teeth is a fundamental part of our overall health and wellbeing. Helping our children cement good habits starts early, and continues all the way through their childhood and adolescence. Here’s a quick guide to every age and stage, each with its own challenges and milestones, so you don’t miss anything!

4-24 months Baby teeth

Stage

Your baby is getting his first tooth, going from a gorgeous gummy smile to a couple of pearly whites!

Care

Now’s the time to get into the habit of brushing. Using a kid-friendly toothbrush, for the appropriate stage (try some Oral B brushes with fun characters) and making the process fun, will make it all much easier to get your little one to clean their teeth.

Now’s the time to…

...make it fun! Use the Oral-B timer app to add a little magic to the process.

1-4 years

Stage

By 3 years of age your child will probably have their full set of primary teeth: that’s 20 in total. Healthy teeth are white with no spots or streaks, and healthy gums are pink and smooth.

Care

You should help your child clean her teeth at least twice a day, using specially formulated toothpaste for kids.

Now’s the time to...

...to book a dentist visit. Between your child’s first and second birthday is a good time to visit the dentist. A pediatric dentist specialising in young kids will make the experience fun and memorable for all the right reasons!

5-8 years

Stage

Oh, it’s time for the tooth fairy to pay you a visit! Around age 6 your child will start losing her baby teeth and getting her permanent teeth.

Care

Continue to support good habits. Flossing is part of a good oral hygiene regime, and as your child’s dexterity develops you can help them to learn how to floss on their own.

Now’s the time...

...to introduce an electric toothbrush. From age three upwards your little own can start using a pulsating brush, with a built-in timer. Not only will it make brushing more fun, but it is also much better at keeping plaque away!

8-12 years

Stage

Little by little your child’s gappy smile is being replaced with her permanent teeth.

Care

Starting to take responsibility for their own dental care, your child is starting to make his own food choices. Support this by having the right foods available at home, like fruits and vegetables, and teaching them the importance of a balanced diet to overall health, and good oral health too.

Now’s the time…

...to model! Our children watch closely at what we do, more than listen to what we say. Make sure you model good dental habits yourself, by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash in front of them.

13-18 years

Stage

Your teen should be starting to see the importance of oral hygiene in their life. This stage is one of change: third molars (wisdom teeth) may or may not make an appearance, and having a fresh breath becomes paramount for your teen.

Care

As your teen asserts her independence dental care habits might slip – support them in this challenging time by visiting the dentist regularly and highlighting the importance of oral hygiene to their overall health.

Now’s the time…

...to visit an orthodontist, if you believe your teen might need braces. If your child ends up getting braces, make sure he has the right products, like those designed especially for use with braces.

What stage is your child at? How do you best support them in their care for their teeth?

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