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Caring for Your Child's Baby Teeth

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Dental hygiene should start as soon as your child has teeth, and many parents start "brushing" gums to get an infant used to the process. This is a guide about caring for your child's baby teeth.


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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

Everyone teaches their children to brush their teeth, but lots of people don't think of baby teeth. Baby's teeth should be brushed every day as soon as they come in. And children should see a dentist as early as 1-2 years of age.

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful
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Thank you Robin!!!!!! I worked for a children's dentist for 14 years and you would not believe the number of people who say "oh they're just baby teeth, they don't need to be fixed". People don't realize that if you let the baby teeth decay, the permanent teeth are forming in a diseased area. Taking care of the baby teeth is important! When the first teeth start to come in, take a wet piece of gauze and gently wipe them down. NO JUICE IN THE BOTTLE!!!! Kids carry around a bottle with juice in it and it just constantly bathes the teeth in sugar. No milk in the bottle to go to bed with either. The milk sits on the teeth all night. This is what causes "baby bottle tooth decay". Water is the only thing that should be in that baby bottle at night. Let your child cry for a few times. Better that then having them sitting in the dentist's chair crying. I saw so many children who had totally decayed mouths at a very young age. It's very tragic, not to mention expensive!!!

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By Tracy (Guest Post)
November 12, 20050 found this helpful

Why is it ok to give fluorinated drinking water to babies when they get teeth but fluoride is removed from baby toothpaste? I don't want to brush my daughter's teeth with the baby toothpastes that are mostly sugar. Is brushing with water enough?

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