Though your baby’s teeth are small, it is important to keep them clean and decay-free. You can start cleaning the teeth by using soft, moistened cloth and wipe it over the gums twice a day.
When the baby’s first teeth begins to grow, you may introduce him/her to a toothbrush. Choose a toothbrush that has soft bristles, a small head and a bigger handle. You can just hold the toothbrush under running water and cleanse the teeth by brushing gently.
You have to make your little one aware that brushing teeth is like any other regular activity one does in a day. If the baby gets used to the idea of brushing teeth, then there is a possibility that by 18 months s/he may try to grab a toothbrush and want to brush on his/her own. Allow your child to try and practice.
Dentists suggest that it takes a kid almost four years to develop the right coordination to brush teeth. Till then you have to offer your assistance for this task. At an early age, the child may be able to move the toothbrush, but may not be able to clean the teeth in the right manner.
The ideal way to go about this is to let the child first brush the teeth so that s/he does not feel discouraged or disinterested. After a minute or so, you may take over (after taking due permission). The little one may agree or even may refuse. If you face a refusal, distract him/her by showing some bath toys or any other object that s/he finds interesting. While the baby is engrossed with the other distraction, brush the teeth. You may also let the child brush your teeth playfully, while you brush his/hers. Though you may have to be prepared for few random pokes inside your mouth till the time your little one masters the technique.