Should I wash baby's gums?
Q: My child is 2 months old. My mother said I should use a wet washcloth to gently massage the gums in order to stimulate them and get both of us used to daily cleanings. Do you think this is the way to go?
A: Your mother's right. This is a great habit for both you and your child to start now. The concept of cleaning gums after a feeding is a great way to introduce the pattern of tooth brushing after eating. This is a good way to establish a lifetime of good oral health. And a wet washcloth is an effective way to gently clean the gums.