Tips for Infant Dental Care


Did you know that you should start cleaning your baby’s mouth before they even have teeth?

Young children do not have the skills to clean their own teeth, and so parents must help them during these early years. Generally, the stage at which your child can start caring for their own teeth is when they are able to write their own name. That being said, there are many years that parents must assume responsibility for their children’s mouths. This starts even before they have any teeth.

By cleaning your child’s mouth before they have teeth, you are getting them into the habit of maintaining good oral hygiene. Establishing a morning as well as an evening teeth brushing and mouth cleaning routine, you are teaching them the importance of dental hygiene. Thus, they will be more likely to continue these good habits once they take over in their later years.

As well, cleaning your child’s mouth before they have teeth, gives baby a clean place for their teeth to come in. The goal is to clean all part of the mouth, including their tongue and gums.

How to clean your baby’s mouth in 4 easy steps:
  1. Lie baby in a comfortable place
  2. Make sure you can see into baby’s mouth
  3. Use a soft baby brush or wrap your finger in a clean, damp washcloth. Then, brush or wipe your baby’s teeth or gums
  4. Do not use toothpaste until your child has teeth

If you have any questions, or would like additional tips to care for your children’s teeth, feel free to contact our team or inquire during your next visit!