When should i start brushing my baby’s teeth?
Every time you or your child eat or drink, oral bacteria get a snack, too. Those foods get broken down and the bacteria feast on the sugars. You do not need to begin brushing with a toothbrush or toothpaste until your infant’s teeth begin to erupt, but you should clean your baby’s gums on a daily basis.
Just like humans, after bacteria have a meal, they have to “go to the bathroom”—they poop and pee!
The acid excreted by bacteria after they consume sugars is their waste product. It’s the same stuff that leads to bad breath, tooth decay, destruction of enamel, and cavities.
If you don’t remove plaque within the first 48 hours, it starts to harden and calcify. This hardened plaque is called tartar and it’s impossible to move with a toothbrush and floss.
The good news is, you don’t need toothpaste to disorganize bacteria and plaque. Whether you’re a child or an adult, a simple toothbrush with the right technique will do the job.