Sugars in certain liquids can lead to tooth decay when sipped throughout the night. That is why it is important to only put babies to bed with bottles filled with water.
Ages 0-6 Months
- Use gauze or a finger brush to wipe your baby’s gums, even when he/she has no teeth.
- Baby teeth begin to erupt around 6 months of age on average.
- You might see a discoloration or bruise where a tooth is going to come out.
- Once a tooth erupts, use a washcloth or baby toothbrush and water to clean it each day
Ages 6-12 Months
- Visit the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth’s eruption.
- Children who go to the dentist by age 1 tend to need fewer fillings than those who wait.
- Your child may have up to 8 teeth by her 1st birthday.
- Watch for teeth with no space between them that need flossing.
- Massage gums with gauze in case of discomfort during teething.
Ages 12-18 Months
- Check with your dentist if your child has no erupted teeth by 15 months of age.
- Ask your dentist about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth.
- Make brushing a team effort, allowing your child to help you.
- Use a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush with water or fluoride-free toothpaste.
- Watch for signs of teeth grinding, as it could indicate discomfort.