Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Baby teeth care

Birth to 2 years of age


  1. Why are baby teeth important?

Children use their baby teeth to chew food, learn how to speak, save space for permanent teeth, make a nice smile and stay happy and healthy.

  1. What causes tooth decay in baby teeth?

Tooth decay is caused by a combination of:

  • Germs that live in the mouth
  • Sugar in our foods
  • Not enough fluoride
  1. How should I clean my baby’s teeth?

As soon as the teeth appear in the mouth clean them daily at bath time with either a soft, clean washcloth or a very soft baby toothbrush.

  1. When should I wean my baby from the bottle?

You can begin to teach your baby how to drink from a cup at 6-8 months of age.  You will have to help the baby hold the cup for several months.  By age one, the baby should be completely weaned from the bottle.

  1. How do I keep my baby’s teeth healthy?


  • Clean baby’s teeth twice every day
  • Brush and floss their teeth twice every day
  • Take your child to the dentist by age one
  • Limit sugary drinks and food


  • Don’t put your baby to bed with the bottle unless it only has water in it
  • Don’t share eating utensils or “clean” the pacifier with your own mouth
  • Don’t ‘pre-chew’ food
  • Don’t dip the pacifier in a sweet liquid or sugar
  • Don’t use the bottle as a pacifier