• Try to get into the habit of brushing your baby's teeth twice a day. Do it once in the morning, at a time that fits in with your usual routine. The second clean should be before bed, after your baby's had his last drink.  You may find that sitting your baby on your lap, facing away from you, helps you reach his teeth more easily. This position will work well when your baby is a toddler, too. 
  • Brush with small, gentle circular movements, concentrating on the area where the teeth and gums meet. Remember that during teething, your baby's gums will feel tender, so be very gentle. 
  • When you've finished, make sure your baby spits out the excess toothpaste, but don't rinse his mouth with water. Leaving a bit of toothpaste residue on the teeth makes the toothpaste work better.  If your baby dislikes having his teeth brushed and squirms away, try giving him his own toothbrush to hold. This way he's more likely to feel in control. You can even let him have a go himself, though he'll need help from you for a while yet. If you can, let your baby watch you brushing your teeth as often as possible. This will help him to get used to the idea.