Proper oral hygiene routine should start at childhood. Even baby's gums should be cleaned. If you don't take care of the basics of oral hygiene routinely, you could very well develop gum disease, cavities that eventually results in dentures.
How to Clean Infant and Children's Teeth A soft washcloth or gauze and water is all you need to wipe off breast milk or formula from baby's gums. Clean your baby's gums after each feeding.
Children's toothpaste is more important than you think. For children with baby teeth, use a small toothbrush and make sure you clean every side of every tooth. Toothpaste is not necessary with children under the age of two, unless recommended by your dentist. Children under the age of 4 have not mastered spitting, and may swallow toothpaste. Sparkly, candy flavored toothpaste with fluoride swallowed in large quantities, could be a health hazard. This is why there is a warning on the back of toothpaste with fluoride 'to keep our of reach of children under the age of 6. If more than used for brushing is swallowed, contact your Poison Control Center or physician immediately'. Xylitol has been reported to also help prevent tooth decay and is safe if swallowed. Fluoride free toothpaste with xylitol may be a better choice for children and adults. If you use toothpaste for your toddler or pre-schooler, only a pea-sized amount is needed. Flossing can start when the first two front teeth touch. According to the American Dental Association, you should start dental visits by the child's first birthday.
For adults follow the instructions below for sparkling fresh mouth. 1. Rinse with Cleure Alcohol Free Natural Mouthwash.
Floss in between each tooth (yes, floss before brushing), curving it
around the tooth and taking it gently under the gum tissue.