There are twenty “baby” or deciduous teeth. These teeth start to erupt when the child is between 6 months and one year old. The American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommend that your child should see the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. It is important for the parent or caregiver to clean these teeth as soon as they come in. A small-sized soft toothbrush, a clean piece of gauze, or a clean washcloth can all be used to clean the child’s teeth.