Start Now for a Lifetime of Good Dental Health

Taking care of your baby’s gums and teeth isn’t difficult. Just follow these tips:

  • After each feeding, wipe your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque.
  • Start brushing, with a soft infant toothbrush, after the first tooth erupts.
  • If your baby is teething and uncomfortable, try rubbing her gums with a clean finger, a wet gauze pad or a teething ring. If the discomfort persists, call your pediatrician or dentist. (Contrary to common belief, fever is not normal for a teething baby. If your infant has a fever while teething, call your pediatrician.)
  • Schedule your child’s first dental visit by her first birthday.

Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry