Great Whites and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend your child’s first dental visit be before his/her first birthday. Don’t think because “baby” teeth fall out they’re not important. They have a strong impact on an infant’s eating and nutrition and are also responsible for proper speech development. Baby teeth also set the stage for how the jaw and permanent teeth will develop. And, babies are as susceptible as adults to plaque and gum problems.
Newborns’ gums should be cleaned after feedings with a water-soaked infant cloth to stimulate gums and remove food.
Babies’ first teeth should be gently brushed with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of non fluoride toothpaste.
Toddlers aged 2 or 3 should be helped by parents and taught the proper way to brush, using a pea sized amount of toothpaste. (See below.)