Healthy oral care habits for children Paul Jackson 2020-02-17 1 min read 8 Healthy oral care habits for children Start early Start oral care for your baby during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth at least twice a day. Two minutes twice daily Your child should brush their teeth for two minutes twice daily to help reduce their risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Limit sugar to 3 teaspoons For best oral care, try to limit your child’s intake of sugars to approximately 3 teaspoons daily. Don’t rinse immediately Your child should not rinse their mouth with water straight after brushing, they should spit out any excess toothpaste instead. Use the right amount Easily measure the right amount of Flouride toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice for children younger than 3, and the size of a pea for children over 3. Replace your brush regularly Your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or when the bristles are splayed out, worn-looking or missing. Dentist before 1st birthday Take your child to the dentist/primary healthcare provider after their first tooth has pushed through and no later than their first birthday.