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  • Start brushing as soon as the first baby tooth comes through the gums.
  • Brush twice a day with one brushing at night before your baby goes to bed.
  • Buy a soft, small-headed brush and make sure that you only use a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
  • By having your infant sit or lie on your lap, both facing the same direction, you can get easy access to his or her mouth. 
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  • Stand behind a seated or standing toddler, both facing the mirror, reach around to brush the toddler's teeth.
  • Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste on a soft, small-headed toothbrush
  • Brush twice a day, morning and night, for two minutes and brushing last thing at night time before bed is very important
  • Encourage your child to spit the toothpaste out after brushing and not rinse the mouth
  • Hold the brush at 45 degree angle to the gum line and brush gently by moving the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes
  • Make sure you brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of all the teeth in upper and lower jaws
  • Check your child's brush regularly and replace it every three months or soon after the bristles start to wear out
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