How Do I Care for My Baby's Teeth?

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My 5-month-old daughter is teething, but she hasn't gotten her first tooth yet. How should I care for her teeth when they come in?
- Nicole

Good dental care starts even before a child's first tooth comes in. Running a damp washcloth over a baby's gums daily will help clear away harmful bacteria. Parents can brush kids' teeth as they come in with an infant toothbrush, using water without toothpaste.

A pea-sized amount of toothpaste may be used with supervision around age 2 or 3, when kids are able to spit it out. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that kids start seeing a dentist by their first birthday.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: October 2012

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Related Resources

OrganizationAmerican Dental Association (ADA) The ADA provides information for dental patients and consumers.
Web SiteHealthy Teeth Produced by dentists, Healthy Teeth is designed for elementary-age students curious about oral health.


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