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Oral Care Tips for You and Your Baby
Baby's First Dental Visit
Your baby should visit the dentist shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than your baby’s first birthday. At the first dental check-up, the dentist will examine your baby's first teeth and mouth, determine the right amount of fluoride for your child, discuss feeding practices and decide the best prevention plan that fits your child. Tooth decay is preventable!
Oral Care Routine
The routine of cleaning your baby's mouth should begin right from the start. After feedings, wipe your baby's gums and mouth with your finger wrapped in a soft, clean cloth.
Sooting Baby's First Teeth
Around 6 months, sometimes sooner or later, your baby's first teeth will begin to erupt. You may notice your baby has increased drooling and mild irritability. To help soothe your baby offer a chilled, not frozen, teething ring or try massaging your baby's gums. Teething gels that numb your baby's gums are not recommended because of the toxicity potential.
When to Start Brushing
Begin brushing when your baby's first tooth erupts. Use a soft bristled toothbrush that is age appropriate. Brush twice a day. Your health care professional may recommend a smear of fluoridated toothpaste based on your baby's risk for tooth decay.
Oral Care During Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, oral health care for you is important. The many changes taking place throughout your pregnancy, such as hormones, eating habits, indigestion and acid reflux can impact your oral health. Poor oral health can affect the health of your baby. Maintain a healthy mouth through daily home care and regular professional dental care.
Tooth Decay and Staying Healthy
Tooth decay is an infectious disease. This means the germ that causes tooth decay can be spread from your mouth to your baby's mouth. Avoid putting things in your mouth and then in your baby's mouth such as sharing a spoon when testing your baby's food or cleaning a dropped pacifier with your mouth.
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