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When to Start Cleaning Baby’s Gums and Teeth

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Mamas, there is nothing like holding your newborn baby for the first time and soaking up those first sighs, sucks and smiles. You want to know how to give you baby a great start in every area. We are here to support you!

Below, the Children’s Dental Center experts provide some guidelines on how to start cleaning inside your child’s mouth before teeth, at the sign of the first tooth and once teeth are connecting. These tips are part of our #georgiamom series where we celebrate and support all moms who want to give their babies a great start.

Before teeth:when-to-start-brushing

It is a good idea to get baby used to having his mouth cleaned early on by wiping the gums with a gauze or wet washcloth twice a day as part of his daily routine. This practice will lead to better cooperation later when a toothbrush is introduced. The most important time of day to brush is right before bedtime.

First tooth:

You should begin brushing your child’s teeth when his first tooth starts to erupt. Always use a soft toothbrush and replace it every 3 months or when the bristles become frayed. The tongue should also be brushed each time the teeth are brushed.

As more teeth grow in:

Flossing is important between teeth with tight contacts. As soon as your child has teeth that are in contact with each other, you should start flossing his teeth daily, as early as age 2 ½. Your child should be able to floss his own teeth around third grade. Until then, he won’t have the dexterity to do it on his own and will need your assistance.