By caring for your baby’s mouth and teeth as early as you can, you help your baby develop good dental habits. You should be cleaning your baby’s mouth beginning with the first day of life, even before there are teeth. You should wipe out the mouth gently and massage the gum pads after each feeding and before bedtime with a gauze pad or washcloth. Begin cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear through the gum. Use a small, child-size toothbrush with soft, round bristles. Continue using a clean gauze pad or washcloth to clean those areas that do not have teeth.