The sooner you start the better! Starting at birth, you can clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. For a child less than 2 years of age, use a “smear” of toothpaste during brushing. For children 2-5 years-old, dispense a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste and assist your child’s tooth brushing. Remember, young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively without your help!