The Importance of Infant Oral Care
You should begin oral care as soon as your baby's born. Starting now can help reduce or prevent cavities later. Gently wipe your baby's gums with a moist, clean gauze pad or washcloth.
Your baby isn't born with cavity-causing bacteria. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, those types of germs are passed on through shared saliva, which can start the process of cavity development even before the teeth erupt. If possible, avoid using your finger as a toothbrush, feeding babies with your spoon, or cleaning off your baby's pacifier in your mouth.
You should schedule your baby's first dental appointment when the first tooth erupts. During that visit, your dental professional will evaluate your child's mouth and teeth development.