Scott H. Leaf Pediatric Dentistry, Burke, Northern Virginia

What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime. Begin cleaning your baby's mouth after feedings with a clean gauze pad or tooth wipes deigned for this purpose. Start brushing the baby teeth at least once a day as soon as the teeth begin to erupt.