Start your baby off with good dental care when they are first born.

General oral health tips

  • Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers.
  • If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean – don’t dip it in sugar or honey.


  • Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
  • Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottles before going to bed.
  • Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday.

Cleaning the teeth

  • After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth.
  • When your child’s teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a smear (grain of rice sized amount) of fluoride toothpaste until the age of 3.
  • Brush the teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste from ages of 3 and up.
  • Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and no swallow toothpaste – usually not before he or she is six or seven.


  • The first teeth come in around six months of age.
    • Some babies are even born with their first tooth while others don’t get the first tooth until after a year old.
  • The two bottom front teeth are typically the first to come, followed by the top front teeth.
  • The dentist will check the teeth to ensure they are coming in okay and give you some tips on how to help your baby through this experience.
  • The dentists may discuss teething gels, cold teething rings, etc. and what can help when you’re away from home.

Dental Visits

  • See your dentist for your baby’s first visit by one year of age or within six months of the first tooth coming in.
  • The dentist will check the teeth to see if there are any cavities starting. If there are small areas of beginning decay, the dentist may put a fluoride varnish on the teeth. This can “heal” the beginning stages of a cavity if it’s caught soon enough.
  • If your baby does already have a cavity, the dentist may want to treat it in the office or he may need to go to the hospital or surgical center. The dentist may also refer you to a pediatric dentist that specializes in treating children with dental treatment needs.

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