Galway Child Dentist – Dental Tips Age of Child 0 – 6 monthsFirst baby tooth appears.Wipe mouth / first teeth with soft cloth after last feed at night. 1 + yearsFirst visit to dentist (diet, oral hygiene, preventive advice).Parents to dry brush teeth morning and night (start using soft toothbrush when child has ~ 10 teeth).Stop soother (“dodies”), wean off bottles, breast feeding. 2 – 3 yearsFull set of baby teeth (20) present.Start using a small amount (smear) of low fluoride toothpaste. Parents to continue dry brushing first.Continue regular dental check-ups. 4 – 5 yearsParents to floss back teeth where they touch together.Check with dentist about the need for fissure sealants. 6 – 11 yearsDaily fluoride mouthwash (60 seconds) at night (from 6 years of age or first permanent tooth).From 8 years – child can do more brushing themselves with adult supervision.Fissure seal 6 year molars.Check with dentist if any crowding/orthodontic concerns. 12 + yearsAll baby teeth usually gone + 12 year molars present (2nd permanent molars).Ensure children brush and floss their own teeth daily.Watch for deterioration in diet and oral hygiene due to peer pressure etc.Fissure seal 12 year molars.Continue regular dental check-ups – especially if they have orthodontic appliances.