Infant Dental Care

Birth to Six Months of Age

  • Clean your infant’s mouth with gauze or use a soft infant toothbrush after feedings and at bedtime.
  • If breastfeeding, wipe your baby’s mouth as soon as the baby is done.

Six to 12 Months of Age

  • During this time, the first tooth should appear and you should visit your pediatric dentist to establish your baby’s dental home.
  • Consult your child’s pediatric dentist regarding fluoride supplements.
  • Brush teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with a small infant safety brush.
  • Do not be discouraged if your baby cries or fights you. It is important to establish a tooth-brushing routine early on. Your baby’s healthy smile will be worth the fuss.
  • As your child begins to walk, be on the lookout for falls and stumbles. If your baby has a fall refer to our emergency information.