It's so exciting when your baby's first tooth pops through their gums, and they smile at you with that adorable little chomper. As a parent, you can make dental care a pleasant experience for your baby right from the start with gentle brushing and fun songs and games. But you may be wondering about the essentials like — when to begin brushing and when to start using toothpaste? Or, fluoride is great for protecting teeth from cavities, but when is it safe for children? Here's what you need to know about introducing toothpaste safely to your child.
Even before your baby starts getting teeth, you can begin practicing good oral health habits. Use a soft-bristled infant toothbrush or finger brush and a light touch when cleaning your baby's gums. You only need to use water at this stage — no toothpaste necessary. Gently massage their gums and get your baby used to the feeling of the toothbrush in their mouth. Show your baby that brushing is a pleasant experience, not something that should be frightening or irritating.