This is information from the Chicago Dental Society
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY.
Starting at birth, you can begin wiping your baby’s gums with moistened gauze. Once a child’s diet inclludes anything but breast milk or formula., you need to start brushing their teeth or cleaning their mouth twice a day to remove sugars and bits of food.
PICK THE RIGHT TOOL
Before a baby has teeth, you can use cotton gauze moistened with water to clean the mouth; once teeth appear a soft infant toothbrush is anideal choice.
SEE THE DENTIST WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR
Dentists recommend parents take their baby to the dentist within six months of cutting their first tooth to catch any early tooth decay or other oral problems.
Caring for primary teeth is just as important as permanent teeth. That said, managing a low-sugar intake for your baby ic crucial. For example, fruit juices, which are high in sugar and can cause tooth decay, should be limited or even eliminated from your child’s diet. A better choice is to eat the actual fruit.
TAKE CARE IF TEETH AT NIGHTIME
Once babies have their first tooth, it’s important to brush at least twice daily, including once before bedtime. Letting a baby fall asleep sucking on a bottle can result in early tooth decay, known as “baby bottle tooth decay.” If your baby uses a pacifier, always use a clean one – never give a baby one that has been dipped in sugar or honey.