Protecting Your Baby's Smile
Visit a dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth comes in. Visiting the dentist by age 1 helps you:
- Get to know the dentist.
- Learn how to avoid cavities that can cause your child pain and serious health problems.
- Know who to call if your child has an emergency.
- Save money by learning healthy habits and how to care for your baby's teeth.
Baby's First Visit to the Dentist
At the first check-up, the dentist will:
- Check your child for cavities.
- Show you how to brush and floss your child's teeth.
- Teach you about food, drinks and habits that can cause cavities.
- Talk about fluoride.
- Check your child's bite, growth and development.
- Give you information on how to prevent accidents as your baby grows.
How to Care for Your Baby's Smile
- Dentist by 1: See a dentist within six months of getting the first tooth or before the first birthday.
- Clean: Clean your baby's gums with a damp washcloth after eating and drinking.
- Brush: Use a soft toothbrush and water to brush your baby's teeth and gums. Brush in soft, gentle circles two times a day.
- No bottle in bed: Don't let your baby sleep with a bottle at nap time or at night.
- Give milk or water: Give your child milk or water and avoid drinks with added sugar, such as soda or juice.
- Don't share forks, spoons or food: Sharing utensils can spread germs that cause cavities.