Smiling Baby

Healthy smiles begin early. Here are three simple ways to keep your baby's teeth clean, healthy and free from tooth decay.

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste

  • Before teeth appear, wipe your baby’s gums at least once daily with a clean, wet cloth.
  • Once baby teeth appear, use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush your baby’s teeth.
  • Use a rice- size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Increase the amount of toothpaste to a pea sized amount by 36 months.

Encourage drinking from a cup

  • Introduce a regular cup between six to 12 months of age. By one year of age, your child should be routinely drinking from a cup without a lid.
  • A good time to let your baby practice drinking from a cup is at meal times.
  • Juice, formula, milk and other sweetened drinks have sugars that can cause tooth decay. Sipping these liquids during naps, overnight or in-between meals and snacks can increase your child’s risk for tooth decay. Water is a good choice to offer at any time, as it will not harm the teeth

Encourage drinking from a cup

  • The first dental visit is recommended within six months of the first tooth coming in or by your baby’s first birthday. The dentist and staff can give you tips on caring for your baby’s teeth and mouth.

Find more information about how to care for your baby’s teeth.

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