How to Guide: Oral Care Tips for Babies and Toddlers From a Dentist

Are you a new parent wondering how to take care of your baby’s teeth? As a dentist, I understand the importance of oral care from an early age. In this ultimate guide, I will share tips and tricks on how to keep your little one’s smile healthy and happy. From teething remedies to brushing techniques, we’ve got you covered! Let’s dive in and learn all about oral care for babies.

Introduction to Oral Care for Babies

Oral care for babies is important for several reasons. First, oral health is essential for overall health and well-being. Second, baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth, so it’s important to keep them healthy and strong. Third, early oral care habits can set the stage for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.

Here are some tips on how to care for your baby’s teeth and gums:

  1. Start brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can also use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste if your child is over two years old.
  2. Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. Swallowing too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, which is a cosmetic condition that affects the appearance of the teeth.
  3. Brush twice a day, in the morning and at night. Be sure to floss between your child’s teeth once a day as well.
  4. Take your child to see the dentist regularly – at least once a year, or more often if recommended by your dentist. During dental visits, the dentist will clean your child’s teeth and check for any problems.

Steps for Establishing Healthy Oral Hygiene for Babies

Assuming that you are starting from scratch, these would be the steps to establish healthy oral hygiene for your baby:

  1. Schedule a visit with a pediatric dentist within six months of your baby’s first tooth erupting, or by their first birthday – whichever comes first.
  2. Start cleaning your baby’s gums as soon as they are born using a soft, wet washcloth.
  3. When teeth start to come in, begin brushing them twice a day using water and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to use gentle circular motions and avoid pressing too hard.
  4. Once your child is old enough to spit (usually around age 3), you can help them brush their own teeth. Allow them to do as much as they can on their own, and then finish up for them.
  5. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and limit sugary drinks and snacks.
  6. Help your child floss once per day, starting as soon as two teeth touch each other. If they are struggling, you can try using floss picks or pre-threaded flossers.
  7. Schedule regular dental checkups for your child so that any problems can be caught early on and treated accordingly.

Common Questions about Baby Teeth and Dental Care

If you’re a new parent, you may have questions about your baby’s teeth and dental care. Here are some common questions that parents ask about their child’s oral health:

When will my baby start getting teeth?
The first teeth usually appear around 6 months of age, but it can vary from child to child.

How do I clean my baby’s teeth?
You can use a soft, wet cloth or gauze pad to wipe your baby’s teeth and gums after each feeding. You can also use a toothbrush designed for infants. Be sure to use water instead of toothpaste, as young children can’t spit out toothpaste properly.

What if my baby gets a cavity?
If your child has a cavity, the dentist will likely recommend a filling. Baby teeth are important for proper development of the adult teeth, so it’s important to treat cavities as soon as possible.

What are some tips for preventing cavities in my child’s teeth?
You can help prevent cavities by not putting your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. You should also avoid giving your child sugary snacks and drinks throughout the day. Instead, opt for healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables. Be sure to brush your child’s teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.

Tips for Promoting Healthy Dental Habits in Children

  1. Start early: The best way to promote healthy dental habits in children is to start early. As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, you can start cleaning it with a soft, wet cloth.
  2. Use the right tools: When it comes to choosing the right tools for cleaning your child’s teeth, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that is designed for infants or toddlers. Second, avoid using fluoride toothpaste until your child is at least 2 years old. Instead, use a small amount of water or non-fluoridated toothpaste on their toothbrush.
  3. Make it fun: One of the best ways to promote healthy dental habits in children is to make brushing and flossing fun! There are many ways to do this, such as letting them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste or singing songs while you brush their teeth together.
  4. Lead by example: Another great way to promote healthy dental habits in children is by leading by example. Show them how important oral care is by taking care of your own teeth and modeling good hygiene habits yourself.
  5. Schedule regular checkups: Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups for your child starting at around age 3. This will allow the dentist to catch any problems early and help ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy into adulthood!

What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips on what to do in case of a dental emergency:

If your child has a toothache, try to clean the area around the tooth and give them ibuprofen for pain relief. If the pain persists, call your dentist.

If your child has a chipped or broken tooth, save any pieces of the tooth and rinse them off with water. Call your dentist right away.

If your child has an object stuck in their teeth, try to remove it with floss. If you can’t remove it, call your dentist.

If your child is bleeding from the mouth, apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth. Call your dentist if the bleeding doesn’t stop.

Home Remedies for Toothaches in Babies and Toddlers

As a parent, it’s normal to feel anxious when your child is in pain. When it comes to toothaches, you want to do everything you can to help your little one feel better.

There are a few things you can do at home to help relieve your child’s toothache until you can get them to the dentist. Here are some home remedies for toothaches in babies and toddlers:

  1. Rinse the mouth with warm water. This will help clean the area around the sore tooth and provide relief from pain.
  2. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the cheek. This can help numb the pain and reduce swelling.
  3. Give your child over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the package directions.
  4. Have your child eat soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Soup, mashed potatoes, and yogurt are all good options.
  5. Give your child sugarless gum or candy to suck on. This can help reduce pain by stimulating saliva production which helps rinse away food particles and bacteria around the sore tooth.

If you’re concerned about your child’s toothache, be sure to contact their dentist right away for an appointment


Taking good care of your baby’s teeth is essential for their overall health and development. We hope this guide has provided you with some useful information to help you provide the best oral care possible. From introducing daily brushing habits to seeing a dentist as soon as they get their first tooth, we want to make sure that your little one has the most comprehensive dental care available. For further questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at our office so we can answer any questions and make sure that your baby gets the very best in oral care!