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:

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.
Click on the links below for additional information on children’s oral health.