Early infant oral care is a crucial aspect of your child’s overall health, and it is never too early to start your child on the path to excellent oral health. From the moment your baby is born, taking care of their oral hygiene can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Begin by cleaning your baby’s gums daily, even before their teeth start to appear. Using a soft, damp cloth, gently wipe your baby’s gums to remove any lingering formula or milk. This simple step helps prevent bacteria buildup and establishes a healthy routine.

Teeth typically begin to erupt around 6 months of age and continue to appear until about age 3. As soon as the first tooth emerges, it is time to start using a soft-bristle baby toothbrush. Apply a tiny smear of child-safe toothpaste for children under 2 years old. After age 2, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Make sure to clean your child’s teeth at least twice a day.

Our dentist and team recommend that you supervise brushing until your child is about 7 years old, as their motor skills need time to develop sufficiently for them to brush effectively on their own. During this period, you can help by brushing and flossing their teeth to ensure a thorough clean.

To prevent tooth decay, avoid giving your child a bottle filled with juice or other sweetened liquids at bedtime. If your child insists on having a bottle, fill it only with water. This practice significantly reduces the risk of cavities and baby bottle tooth decay.

Teething can make your baby’s mouth sore. To alleviate discomfort, provide a chilled teething ring and gently wipe their gums with a cold washcloth before and after meals. When your child’s first tooth erupts, it is time to schedule their first dental appointment with our dentist and team. We are here to provide guidance on maintaining your child’s oral health as well as the gentle care your child needs to keep their mouth and smile healthy.

If you have any questions about early infant oral care in Boise, Idaho, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Gregory Davis, please contact State Street Dental at 208-939-1700. We are here to help you ensure your child’s smile stays healthy and bright.