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The First Year

Even newborn babies need to have their mouths cleaned. Before your baby has teeth, gently wipe the gums clean with a clean, damp washcloth each day.

  • When teeth appear: Brush teeth twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice
  • Introduce a sippy cup when your child can sit up on his/her own. Limit juices, breast milk and formula to mealtime only.
  • If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, fill it with water only. Milk, formula, juices, soda and breast milk all have sugar in them that can puddle around a sleeping baby’s teeth, causing tooth decay.