Handling Teething in Child Care

Teething baby with toy

Cutting teeth is an important milestone in babies’ physical development. Unfortunately, getting new teeth is an uncomfortable experience for some babies. Teething may cause fussiness, drooling and other signs of discomfort. Child care providers and parents can help babies get through the teething process.

Baby teeth begin appearing in most babies during the first year of life. The eruption of teeth does not begin at the same age for all children. Child care providers may notice an infant drooling, chewing

Dental Health in Child Care

Brushing child's teeth

Promoting good dental health begins in early childhood. Child care providers can help children learn how to care for their teeth and encourage good dental hygiene.

Children who learn good oral hygiene habits early tend to practice good dental health as they get older and are less likely to have cavities and other dental problems. The following articles describe some ways that child care providers can help promote good dental health in children.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay in Child Care

Baby bottle

Child care providers can help support good dental health in young children. Bottles should be used only for feeding, not as a pacifier or for comfort. Allowing infants to have unlimited access to a bottle of milk, formula, or juice, or a sweetened pacifier will cause tooth decay.

Baby bottle tooth decay is often painful and can damage all of a child’s primary teeth. Severe toothaches, cavities, loss of teeth, crooked permanent teeth and possible ear and speech problems can …

Keeping Children's Teeth Clean in Child Care

Brushing child's teeth

Child care providers can help promote young children’s dental health by teaching good dental habits. Here are some general tips for child care providers to help keep children’s teeth healthy.

  • Begin good dental care early. Start cleaning infants’ gums even before teeth appear. Child care providers should wipe infants’ gums after each feeding to remove germs. Encourage parents to clean infants’ gums at home and suggest that they begin using a small toothbrush without toothpaste when the first tooth appears.