Dental Care for Infants
Your baby deserves the healthiest start possible
Oral health care for babies
Your baby’s primary teeth appear roughly six months after birth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all babies see a dentist by age one. But even before your baby’s teeth arrive, you should get your little one used to consistent oral care.
How to take care of your baby’s teeth and gums
- After every feeding: Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth. This reduces plaque build-up and establishes a good oral care routine.
- Using a toothbrush/toothpaste: Start using infant-rated toothbrushes and toothpaste after the first tooth appears.
- At bedtime: Don’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. At night, the sugars in these liquids feed bacteria in the mouth that produce acid, which can destroy tooth enamel and promotes cavities. Instead, brush or wipe your baby’s teeth before bedtime to remove sugars and acids that can damage young teeth during the night.
- See your dentist: Visit the dentist within six months after your baby’s first tooth appears. This may catch early problems and promotes healthy attitudes about dental visits at a young age.
Dental care is especially important during pregnancy:
The state of your oral health during pregnancy can affect your child’s health down the road. It’s important to take extra-good care of your mouth while pregnant, through both optimal oral hygiene at home and regular visits to your dentist. Learn more about oral health during pregnancy.