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Early Childhood

Daily Care

Good oral hygiene should begin at birth. Before teeth erupt, clean baby's gums with a damp washcloth. When teeth begin to appear, use a soft toothbrush with water. Once the child is able to spit out the toothpaste, a small pea sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste may be used. A child needs help with brushing until they are able to write in cursive.

Drinks and Nutrition

Formula and milk are good for baby, right? Right. But they do contain sugar that can cause tooth decay. Clean teeth and gums after bedtime feedings, and never leave a bottle or sippy cup in the crib. Limit milk to meal times and only offer 4-6 ounces of juice per day afer a baby is 1 year old, water should be offered between meals. When it comes to food provide nutritious choices to build strong teeth from the inside.

Mom & Dad's Oral Health

Did you know tooth decay can be infectious? Parents with poor oral health can pass bacteria from their own saliva to their babies through activities like sharing spoons or blowing on hot food. The most vulnerable time for infection is between 6 and 31 months. So it is important to take care of your own teeth to protect baby's teeth.



Resources: The American Dental Association

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