Infant Oral Health Checklist

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center suggest that children visit the dentist within six months after getting their first tooth or no later than age 1.

  • Clean your child’s mouth daily even if he or she doesn’t have teeth.
  • Do not use fluoride toothpaste until after age 2, unless advised by the dentist.
  • Stop giving your child a bottle by age 1, unless it is medically needed.
  • Use only water in the bottle or sippy cup while your child is sleeping.
  • Offer your child plenty of water and milk to drink.
  • Eat healthy foods; limit sweets to special occasions.
  • Limit sodas, juice and drinks containing caffeine.
  • Limit snacking in between meals.
  • Examine your child’s teeth.
  • Have regular dental checkups, starting no later than age 1.

For additional information on this Health Topic, contact the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or your pediatrician.

Your child's first dental visit should be six months following the eruption of the first primary tooth or no later than age one.


Last Updated 03/2012