Keep your babys mouth clean by gently brushing the gums and teeth with with an infant tooth brush that has soft bristles or a clean wash cloth. Once your baby has teeth, you can switch to a child sized toothbrush that has soft bristles for daily cleaning.
Brush your child’s teeth 2 times a day. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed. Start by using a smear or rice size amount of tooth past. Once your child can spit and not swallow the tooth past (about 2 to 3 years old) you should continue brushing using a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing fluoride. Swallowing too much toothpaste with fluoride can cause white and brown spots on your child’s developing teeth. Most children are not able to bursh their teeth by themselves until they are 6 to 8 years old.