West Jordan Pediatric Dentistry, 7613 Jordan Landing Blvd. #210, West Jordan, UT 84084. 801-280-9595

  • Clean your baby's mouth daily even before teeth erupt
  • As teeth erupt, begin brushing with a 'smear' of toothpaste for children less than 2 years of age or a 'pea-size' amount of toothpaste for childred 2-5 years of age
  • Wean your child from the bottle by his/her first birthday
  • Consult your pediatric dentist to ensure your baby is getting enough fluoride
  • Have your child's first dental visit starting at 2 years of age

Recommendations for Baby's Smile

New parents should start cleaning their child's mouth in early infancy. Even before teeth erupt, gently wipe gum pads daily with a soft, moistened wash cloth or gauze pad.

As the teeth erupt, begin brushing them with water or fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. A 'smear' of toothpaste is recommended for children less than 2 years of age. Use a 'pea-size' amount of toothpaste for children 2-5 years of age. Flossing should be started when adjacent tooth surfaces cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush.

The sucking of a thumb or pacifier is a natural habit for infants. Most children discontinue this before their first permanent tooth appears. If your child's habit continues beyond age three or four, discuss it with your pediatric dentist.

Children should be off their bottle by their first birthday. Frequent or prolonged exposure to all types of sugars (including those found in processed milk, breast milk, formula, juices, and sweetened liquids) is not recommended for your child's teeth and may result in early decay. Always clean your child's teeth before bedtime. Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water.