According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should take their babies to the pediatric dentist as soon as the baby cuts the first tooth. Mouth cleaning should begin at birth and become more frequent once teeth have appeared. Engaging in early dental care and tooth cleaning will help to protect the teeth of children.
The gums of an infant may be cleaned using a soft cloth dipped in water or a soft bristled infant toothbrush. Once the baby grows teeth, brushing should take place twice per day using an adequately sized soft toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride. If the child is less than two years old, only a very small smear of toothpaste should be used. A pea-sized drop of toothpaste should be used with two to five year olds.
Since very young children usually do not have the motor skills necessary to properly brush their teeth, parents should supervise the process. This supervision may be required until the child is approximately six year