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A healthy mouth is important for your baby.

Start caring for your baby's mouth soon after birth.

  • Beginning soon after birth, clean your child’s gums daily with a clean, wet washcloth.
  • Do not put your child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup. Children should be weaned from a bottle between 12-18 months. 
  • Avoid saliva-sharing activities, such as sharing utensils or cleaning a pacifier in your mouth and then placing it in your baby’s mouth. Germs that cause cavities are passed from mother to child.