Caring for a Child’s First Teeth

Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your baby’s new teeth and ensure healthful habits later on:

  • When the first teeth appear, make tooth brushing a part of your child’s daily routine.
  • first teeth Use either a child’s toothbrush with small, soft bristles or a gauze pad. Gently rub the teeth bottom to top, front and back.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle. Juice and milk contain sugars that if left in the mouth for long periods can lead to tooth decay.
  • Try to limit the amount of sweets your child eats.
  • Begin regular visits to the dentist when all 20 baby teeth have appeared — around age 3.

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