Tooth Care: Ages and Stages

Learn how to maintain kids’ oral hygiene as they grow!

Here’s how to keep children’s smiles healthy at every age and stage!

Infant and Toddler:

  • Use a soft washcloth to clean baby’s gums and teeth every day, as soon as they come in.
  • Schedule a first dental visit within six months after kids’ first tooth, or by their first birthday.
  • Soothe a teething child by gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, cold washcloth, or chilled teething ring.


  • Remember to help children brush their teeth.
  • Set up regular dental visits. There, you can learn about common concerns such as thumb-sucking and mouth injuries.

School-age child:

  • Keep track of your child’s brushing and flossing routines, and help out when needed.
  • During a child’s regular dental visits, get advice about caring for baby teeth or new, permanent teeth. Ask for advice on any issues, from using mouth guards for sports to chewing gum.