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INFANCY: Oral Health

  • baby brushing teethYour baby's teeth are growing long before you see them peek through the gums. Around the middle of the first year, you'll see that first toothy grin!
  • Oral health care should start even before teeth appear. Use water and a small, soft-bristled toothbrush or clean cloth to wipe baby's gums after feedings.
  • Don't let your baby go to bed with a bottle. This can harm developing teeth.
  • Ask your health care provider if fluoride supplements are needed.
  • Germs from parents' mouths should not be introduced to the baby by sharing spoons or food, as this can lead to cavities.
  • A teething baby may drool, become fussy, or put things in his mouth. A cold teething ring may help ease discomfort.