According to the American Dental Association (ADA), it is never too early to establish good oral hygiene habits. This will ensure healthy teeth and gums for your child.

Here are some tips for parents from the ADA.

After each feeding, wipe your baby's gums with a clean gauze pad. At birth, your baby already has 20 primary teeth, some of which are almost completely formed in the jaw. Wiping the gums will remove the plaque and bacteria that can harm teeth as they erupt from the gums. Begin brushing with a soft toothbrush when the first tooth erupts.

Ensure that your child eats a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods from the five major food groups:

  • Grain products
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Protein foods such as meat and beans
  • Low fat or fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt