When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?


The sooner the better! Starting soon after birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush and water. Remember that most small children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. When the baby teeth start to erupt into the mouth an amount equal to a grain of rice of fluoride containing tooth paste should be applied to the brush and the child allowed to play with the brush in the mouth. The child should be encouraged to spit out and then the teeth and gums are brushed by an adult with just a wet tooth brush.

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