From birth, your baby’s teeth and gums need care to ensure healthy dental development.

There are many ways you can keep your baby’s gums and teeth healthy.

  • Your baby’s gums should be wiped with a wet cloth every day.
  • To avoid tooth decay, give your baby a bottle of water instead of sugary juice.
  • Your baby’s first teeth help her to begin chewing solid foods, play a role in her learning to speak, and help her jaw develop.
  • Though baby teeth are eventually replaced by adult teeth, they are still very important. Baby teeth should be brushed gently every day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • You should begin scheduling regular checkups with a dentist when your baby’s first teeth appear.