Dental Care for Babies

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Teeth start to come in around the age of 6 months.  They help your baby chew food and speak clearly.  And they help shape your baby’s face and guide adult teeth into place.


  • Offer a cold, firm, safe teething object like a teething ring or slightly frozen washcloth.
  • Rub the gums gently with your clean finger.

Cleaning and Brushing

  • After teeth come in, gently clean teeth and gums with a small, soft toothbrush or clean damp cloth and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

To Keep Teeth Healthy

  • If you give your baby a bottle at bedtime or naps, give only water.  Other liquids can cause decay if left in your baby’s mouth while sleeping.
  • Ask your dentist or doctor about fluoride drops when your child is 6 months old, and make sure that your baby’s mouth is checked by age one.  Take your baby in sooner if you notice a problem.

2 Responses to “Dental Care for Babies”

  1. Mistylynn says:

    I think this is good to know. I don’t have kids, but I know a lot of young mothers that have known when a child is teething, but not what to do about it.

    I don’t know if I necessarily agree with flouride treatments or not or if I would force that on my child. When I had a flouride treatment as a young adult it was nasty. There are people on both sides of the fence so I guess it just depends on your personal thoughts about flouride.

    I would definitely take a child to the dentist when they were young. My parents couldn’t afford to and by the time I could go things were so bad I now have an utter complete fear of dentistry.

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