Brushing Baby’s Teeth Starts at Birth

Babies are precious and so are their tiny first teeth. But proper dental care begins before that first tiny tooth even appears.

Pediatric dentists and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend running a clean, damp washcloth over babies’ gums daily to clear away any harmful bacteria which may be present. Once those tiny teeth begin to appear, use an infant toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste — the size of a grain of rice — with the ADA’s seal of acceptance to brush babies’ teeth.

Slowly you will begin to graduate the process and can follow the steps as suggested here at kidshealth.org, or follow these 7 tips from Parents Magazine.

A. Claire Wilson, DDS of High Point, NC is a proud member of the American Dental Association.