Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Oral health depends on good oral hygiene

Prenatal

Take care of your own oral health
Brush and floss regularly
Gum disease is associated with prematurity and low birth weight

Infancy

To prepare baby for brushing, clean mouth and gums before teeth appear
Start brushing teeth as soon as they appear
Brush teeth at least twice a day: after breakfast and before bed
Use a child-sized toothbrush
Brush with only a smear-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
Change baby’s toothbrush when the bristles no longer stand up
Signs of a healthy mouth include pink gums, white teeth, and no mouth sores
Good oral hygiene is especially important for babies with special needs

Prenatal

Take care of your own oral health
Brush and floss regularly
Gum disease is associated with prematurity and low birth weight