Check And Clean Your Baby's Teeth
Check Your Baby's Teeth
Healthy teeth should be all one color. If you see spots or stains on the teeth, take your baby to your dentist. Clean your baby's teeth as soon as they come in with a clean, soft cloth or a baby's tooth brush. Clean the teeth at least once a day. It is best to clean them right before bedtime.
By about age 2, your child should have most of his or her baby teeth. At this age, you can start brushing their teeth with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste. Very young children can not get their teeth clean by themselves. Until your children are about 7 years old, you should brush their teeth after they do.
Feed Your Baby Healthy FoodChoose foods that are not high in sugar. Give your child fruits and vegetables instead of candy and cookies.
Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Take Your Child to the DentistAsk your dentist when to bring your child in for their first dental visit. Usually, the dentist will want to see a child between ages 1 and 2. At this first visit, your dentist can quickly check your child's teeth.
Last Editorial Review: 10/3/2005