WIC in Vermont

Care of your baby's teeth

Good dental care begins at birth. By one year of age most babies will have several teeth.  It is important to take care of these, because babies can get tooth decay.  Let your health care provider know if your baby does not have any teeth at age 1 year. 

Your baby’s first dental visit should take place around one year of age.  Ask your physician or dentist. If you need help finding a dentist click here, or contact your local WIC office.

Preventing Tooth Decay:

  • Clean teeth and gums after feeding with a soft toothbrush or soft cloth. You can lift the baby’s lip to check and see if teeth and gums are clean. If you see white or black spots on your baby’s teeth, consult a dentist immediately.

  • It is recommended to not share the same utensil as your baby. This will help prevent the spread of bacteria causing tooth decay.

  • Don’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle or allow your child to crawl or walk around the house with a bottle or sippy cup.  Juice, milk, formula or other beverages containing sugar cause tooth decay.

  • Babies six months and older need flouride everyday. If you live in an area that does not have flouridated water, a supplement may be necessary. Ask your physician or dentist.