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Dental Care Timeline For Children

Birth to 6 Months

Even before their first tooth appears, infants should have their gums cleaned with gauze or an infant washcloth after feedings and at bedtime. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle. Talk to our pediatric dentist about fluoride supplements.

6 to 12 Months

When a child's first teeth begin to appear it is time to visit the pediatric dentist for a check-up. Begin brushing with a soft-bristled brush after feedings and at bedtime. As a child begins to walk, be especially alert to potential dental injuries.

12 to 24 Months

Weaning from breast or bottle by 18 months of age is advised. We recommend visiting our pediatric dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning. A pea-sized portion of fluoride toothpaste may be used when a child is able to rinse. During this stage of development most primary teeth have erupted.