After your child is born, clean his or her gums with a clean damp cloth. Later when their teeth erupt, brush your childs teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Dont nurse your child to sleep or put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, juice, or other sweetened liquid. As nursing or baby bottle tooth decay is a big concern for infants, it is better to put your child to bed without the bottle. If your child cannot fall asleep without the bottle, it is better to put the child to sleep with only water in the bottle. Infants should be weaned from the bottle or nursing at one year of age. Your pediatrician or pediatric dentist can make fluoride supplement recommendations if fluoride does not exist in your water supply or if you use solely bottled water.
As some dental problems can begin early it would seem that the earlier the visit, the better the chance at preventing dental problems. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child should visit a pediatric dentist by their first birthday.