Once your baby’s teeth come in, you should begin to promote good oral hygiene habits. This minimizes your child’s chances of cavities and keeps his mouth healthy and clean.
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep with his bottle. The milk will pool in his mouth and result in cavities. If he is already in this habit, replace the milk with water until you can wean him off his nighttime bottle.
- Brush his teeth. If he just has one or two teeth so far, use your finger or a baby washcloth to clean his teeth and gums. Be sure to use toothpaste developed just for toddlers. Do not let your baby swallow fluoride toothpaste. When your baby gets his molars, you can begin to use his first baby tooth brush.
- Take him to the dentist when he is about three years old. The dentist will check for any decay and will direct him in proper tooth brushing techniques.