Five Tips to Keep Your Baby’s Mouth Healthy

baby-visit-dentistUse Fluoride to strengthen your baby’s teeth.

You may need to find out if your drinking water, whether well water, tap or bottled, is adequately fluoridated.

 

Clean your baby’s teeth.

Begin cleaning your baby’s teeth once they come in. Use a soft cloth or baby toothbrush. Around age 2, it is okay to begin using a pea size drop of toothpaste.

Feed your baby healthy foods and drinks.

Avoid sugary foods and drinks that can cause tooth decay.   Choose healthy snacks, including fruits and veggies.

 

Limited bedtime bottles.

Milk and juices have sugar in them that can bathe the teeth at night and cause decay. If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, it is preferable to give them water. Do not allow the baby or toddler to carry around and/or sip on sugary drinks for prolonged periods of time. Giving drinks at regularly scheduled feeding times is better.

 

Visit the dentist.

By age 1, you should take your baby to the dentist where they can get their teeth checked and where you can get instructions on cleaning and caring for your baby’s teeth, etc.

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