Life has changed for you, but what a great change! Most babies are born without teeth, but the mouth still needs to stay clean! Gently wipe your baby’s gums after feedings. Avoid the transmission of cavity causing bacteria and other sick germs by limiting behaviors where saliva is shared. This includes the sharing of utensils or cups with your baby. Teething usually starts around 6 months and continues until 2-3 years old. We do recommend using a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste when brushing your child’s teeth. This is equivalent to a rice grain amount of toothpaste. Not much! It is best to establish feeding times for your baby or young child. Babies with frequent contact with formula throughout the day or who are put to sleep with bottle can develop cavities very rapidly. As babies learn to walk, injuries are common.
Be sure to protect your babies teeth by placing barriers on sharp corners and hard surfaces such as brick fireplaces and bathtub faucets. Pacifier habits should be discontinued by there 2nd birthday. By age 3, you should encourage your child to discontinue any thumb or finger habit.