Should i clean my newborn baby's tongue?

Newborn babies don't have teeth, but that doesn't mean they won't need to be cleaned. After birth, babies depend on milk for nutrition; one of the main side effects is white matter buildup on their tongue. Babies don't produce much saliva, so it's difficult to flush off the residue. Bacteria can easily colonise in their mouths, leading to gum disease.

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How to Clean A Newborn Baby's Tongue?

When you clean white stuff off your newborn baby's tongue, here are some important steps to remember:

  • ★ Washing your hands is of prime importance; ensure their cleanliness.
  • ★ Now, take a small piece of soft cloth or gauze and wrap it around your finger.
  • ★ Moisten that finger with warm water.
  • ★ Hold the baby tightly and use your other hand to open its mouth.
  • ★ Keep your finger gently on your baby's tongue and start rubbing in a circular motion.
  • ★ After finishing the tongue, move towards the gums and wipe them clean.

Silicone finger brushes are also available if you're uncomfortable using gauze or cloth to clean a baby's tongue. These brushes fit the finger perfectly.

How Often To Clean A Newborn Tongue?

It's best to clean your newborn baby's tongue after every feeding session, but if you find this too difficult, you can clean his mouth twice a day.

When to Start Cleaning a Baby's Mouth?

Babies usually don't have teeth until they reach the age of six months, but parents should begin cleaning them before then. However, a brush is not recommended for babies; a soft cloth can be used to clean their tongues.

How to Clean the Back Of Newborn Tongue? 

Newborn babies are cleaned in the same way on both sides of their tongues with gauze.

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How To Introduce Toothbrush and Toothpaste?

Babies or toddlers cannot clean their teeth independently, so you must supervise them in the initial years until they reach 6 to 9 years. Here's what you should do:

  • ✓ Squeeze pea size amounts of toothpaste on a damp toothbrush.
  • ✓ Show your child how to brush their teeth by doing it yourself correctly.
  • ✓ Now, brush your child's teeth with their toothbrush; try explaining what you are doing and the results so that they understand the process.
  • ✓ After a while, let go and allow them to go on without your help.


With brushing and floss, regular checkups with your child's pediatric dentist will ensure qualified oral cavity health. A healthy growing baby is a mother's greatest happiness.