Oral Health Checklist, Age 1

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offer this advice for the oral health of 1-year-olds.

  • Clean your child’s teeth and gums daily. Do not use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Stop giving your child a bottle unless medically needed. Use only water at bedtime.
  • Offer your child plenty of water to drink.
  • Give your child a well-balanced diet. Avoid foods that promote tooth decay.
  • Make sure your child is getting the proper amount of fluoride.
  • Schedule your child’s first dental exam.

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