Oral health advice for parents or care givers of newborn babies

Oral health advice for parents

wipe gums twice a day in the morning

Wipe gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed to wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.

start brushing twice a day with a soft, small‑bristled toothbrush

When teeth come in, start brushing twice a day with a soft, small‑bristled toothbrush and plain water.

Visit the dentist by your baby’s first birthday

Visit the dentist by your baby’s first birthday to spot signs of problems early.

fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth

Talk to your dentist or doctor about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.

For children younger than 2, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste.