After every feeding, wipe the baby’s gums with a washcloth, gauze, or finger brush. When the baby’s teeth begin to erupt clean them regularly using the wash cloth, gauze or a finger brush. As he/ she starts getting the posterior teeth use a soft child size toothbrush. Brush the teeth with water or use training toothpaste without fluoride. When you determine that your child is able to spit and not swallow the toothpaste, start using a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush at least twice a day and replace the toothbrush when is worn. Bent or frayed bristles prevent proper plaque removal.
Begin flossing daily when adjacent teeth are touching. Flossing cleans decay causing bacteria where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Flossing removes hard to get plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.