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.