A Lifetime of Smiles

It is important to consider your infant's oral health early-on. Even before their teeth start to come in, actions should be taken to care for their gums. Then, as their teeth begin to erupt, they should be properly cared for. How well their first set of teeth are maintained influences how their adult teeth come in, in later years.

In the first days after birth, you should begin gently wiping your baby's gums with a soft, clean, and moist cloth in the morning after the first feeding and again right before bed. As soon as you see teeth beginning to poke through their gums, you should brush them with a soft, small-bristled toothbrush and water, twice a day. Consult your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste for children under two years of age. Your child should begin seeing a dentist after their first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday.

For information about infant oral health care, please visit the Mouth Healthy Babies and Kids page.

Infant Sources