Tiny Teeth, Big Smiles: 5 Tips for Brushing Your Baby's Teeth

Tiny Teeth, Big Smiles: 5 Tips for Brushing Your Baby's Teeth

Tiny Teeth, Big Smiles: 5 Tips for Brushing Your Baby's Teeth

Brushing your baby's teeth is an important part of their oral hygiene routine and helps establish good dental habits from a young age. Here are five tips to make brushing your baby's teeth easier and more effective:

  1. Start Early: Begin brushing your baby's teeth as soon as their first tooth erupts. Use a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush designed for babies and a small smear of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) to gently clean their teeth and gums. Establishing a brushing routine early on helps your baby become familiar with the process and sets the foundation for good oral hygiene habits.
  1. Make it Fun: Turn toothbrushing into a fun and positive experience for your baby. Use playful techniques such as singing songs, making funny faces, or playing games to make brushing time enjoyable. Let your baby hold and explore the toothbrush under supervision, and praise them for their efforts and cooperation during brushing sessions.
  1. Be Gentle: Use gentle, circular motions to brush your baby's teeth and gums. Be careful not to brush too aggressively, as this can irritate their delicate gums and cause discomfort. Pay special attention to the front and back surfaces of each tooth and along the gumline to remove plaque and food particles effectively.
  1. Establish a Routine: Incorporate toothbrushing into your baby's daily routine, ideally after breakfast and before bedtime. Consistency is key to forming good habits, so stick to the same time and place for brushing each day. Use a timer or sing a short song to ensure that you brush your baby's teeth for the recommended two minutes each time.
  1. Lead by Example: Set a positive example for your baby by practicing good oral hygiene habits yourself. Let your baby see you brushing your own teeth and make it a family affair by brushing together. Modeling proper brushing techniques and emphasizing the importance of dental care encourages your baby to follow suit and take an interest in caring for their own teeth.

By following these tips and making toothbrushing a regular and enjoyable part of your baby's routine, you can help promote healthy teeth and gums and lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good oral health. If you have any concerns about your baby's dental care or need guidance on brushing techniques, consult with your pediatrician or a pediatric dentist for personalized advice and recommendations.


Tricia Meyer is a serial entrepreneur, business lawyer and mom of 6! Tricia is the Co-Founder at The Clever Baby. The Clever Baby recently launched its first product Jet - a patented, innovative teether and dispenser all-in-one, and is committed to developing clever products for parents and creating magical moments for babies and kids. Tricia has been featured in many publications including Inc., Crain’s, Chicago Tribune, NBC Chicago, American Express OPEN Forum, and more! Tricia has also received 30+ awards over the course of her career including being recognized by Crain’s Chicago as one of the most influential lawyers in Chicago and by Forbes on the Next1000 list! Learn more about The Clever Baby at www.thecleverbaby.com.