Check your child's teeth regularly.
- After each feeding, gently wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a clean washcloth or gauze to remove plaque.
- Begin brushing as soon as your child has teeth.
- Create a routine. For instance, brush your teeth together at bedtime.
If you have infants or toddlers, use a pea-size amount of non-fluoridated toothpaste on a washcloth to gently rub their teeth. When your children are older and can spit out all of the toothpaste after brushing, use a pea-size amount of fluoridated toothpaste on their toothbrushes with soft, nylon bristles to clean their teeth.
Floss your child's teeth when all of their baby teeth come in. This is usually by the time they are 2 ½ years old.
If your baby is 6 months or older, they need fluoride to keep their teeth healthy.
- Use fluoridated water from the tap.
- Give your baby a fluoride supplement if you drink well water or water without fluoride.
- Make sure any bottled water you use has fluoride.
Feed your children foods that contain minerals to strengthen their teeth.
Take your children to the dentist when all their baby teeth have come in or at age 2 or 3, whichever comes first.