How to Take Care of Baby’s First Teeth

Most babies will develop teeth between 6 and 12 months, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about your little one’s dental care. A parent’s number one priority is keeping their baby healthy, and that includes their growing smile! Dr. Brown’s has oral care products for each stage of development. Implementing oral hygiene sooner rather than later will help create healthy habits early on. Wondering how and when to start brushing baby’s teeth? From newborn to big kid, these baby steps to great oral health will help do just that.

When and How Often to Brush Baby’s Gums: 0-6 Months

How to: Wrap your finger in a damp gauze pad or Healthy Wipe and clean outside and inside of baby’s gums.

How often: After feedings.

Benefits:

  • Get baby used to tooth and gum cleaning
  • Protect against bottle mouth
  • Establish dental care routine

How to Take Care of Baby’s First Teeth Step 1

How to Brush Baby Teeth: 6-12 Months

How to: Put finger brush over your finger. Rub the nubby texture over baby’s gums and clean any erupting teeth with the bristle side.

How often: Twice a day.

Benefits:

  • Protects against future cavities
  • Soothes teething gums
  • Cleans erupting teeth

How to Take Care of Baby’s First Teeth Step 2

Brushing Toddler Teeth: 12-18 Months

How to: Put less than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and hold the Infant-to-Toddler Toothbrush with them to gently brush the tops and sides of their teeth and tongue.

How often: Twice a day.

Benefits:

  • Involves baby in cleaning process
  • Teaches brushing technique

How to Take Care of Baby’s First Teeth Step 3

How to Get a Toddler to Brush Their Teeth: 18+ Months

How to: Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on their toddler toothbrush and yours and monitor them as you brush your teeth together. Finish brushing for them to get places they may have missed.

How often: Twice a day.

Benefits:

  • Makes brushing fun
  • Teaches brushing independence

How to Take Care of Baby’s First Teeth Step 4

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