Did you know you should start cleaning your little one’s gums regularly before he or she has a single tooth? It’s the best way to help your child have healthy teeth and gums. Use a soft, clean cloth to clean the gums after every feeding. Begin brushing your child’s teeth after the first tooth erupts. Clean and message gums in areas that remain toothless, and begin brushing by the time at least when the larger molars have erupted. By the time that all the baby teeth have erupted, usually by age 2 or 2½ you should be constantly brushing twice a day your child’s teeth.
Do not let your baby fall asleep while sucking on a bottle. Do not dip a pacifier in sugar or juice.1 As soon as your child is about age 1, offer a cup instead of a bottle. Tap water which contains
fluoride has been shown to dramatically decrease the risk of tooth decay in kids teeth by strengthening the mineral content and the outer enamel shell of baby teeth .
These tips can all help your child have a healthy smile.
1 “Early Childhood Tooth Decay (Baby Bottle Tooth Decay): Frequently Asked Questions.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/3383.aspx?currentTab=2 Accessed 2010.
2 “ADA Statement on Early Childhood Caries.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/2057.aspx Accessed 2010.