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Your Guide To Baby Dental Care

From when to start brushing, to fluoride and dental visits. Here's your guide to all your infant's dental needs.

by: Tarra Elliott

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ost babies get their first tooth around six months and their last primary molars before they turn three. Your child will keep these "baby" teeth until age 10 or 12, so it's important to take good care of them! Here's how to keep your baby's smile bright and healthy:

When should you start brushing baby teeth?

Even before the appearance of baby's first tooth, his mouth should be wiped with a warm cloth each evening to get rid of excess liquid or food. (It also gets your baby used to having their teeth cleaned.) 

Once teeth appear, brush morning and night with a warm cloth, finger brush or children's toothbrush. The abrasive action of a wet cloth or brush is all you need to remove debris and dental plaque. Teach your child "two for two," which means brushing twice a day for two minutes each time.

To prevent cavities, don't let your baby or toddler to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Prolonged exposure to any sugary drink (including milk) can cause cavities. If your child wants to go to bed with a drink, fill a cup with water.

Once teeth start to touch, it's time to add flossing to your child's routine. Aim for once a day. (Children love to mimic mom and dad so let them see you brushing and flossing your own teeth.)
Tip: It's best to use floss handles with toddlers.

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