Early infant oral care is an important aspect of your new baby’s health. After each feeding, wipe off your baby’s gums with a damp piece of gauze or cloth. This is a quick and easy process that you can do with the baby’s head in your lap, or on the floor or changing table.

It’s also important to make sure that when you put your baby to sleep, you don’t send them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup, unless it’s full of water. Giving your child a drink that contains any sugar, even milk, seriously increases their risk of tooth decay.