We recommend using a washcloth to rub your child’s gums before any teeth come in. Once the first teeth appear, you can use a small, soft toothbrush to clean them. Use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste when brushing, and wipe the teeth with a damp washcloth when you are finished. Make sure your child does not eat or drink anything besides water after brushing and before going to bed. As your child gets older and has teeth that touch each other, it will be important to start flossing. Keep in mind that most children don’t develop the hand skills to do a great job brushing and flossing until around age 8, so your child will probably need your help until then.