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

  • Clean your child’s teeth and gums daily. Do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised by your dentist.
  • 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.