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Children's Dental Care

 

What you need to know about keeping baby teeth healthy

1. Protect your baby's teeth with fluoride

Fluoride, generally present in drinking water, protects teeth from
tooth decay and helps heal early decay. Ask your dentist or
pediatrician if your water has fluoride in it. If it doesn't, talk to
your dentist or doctor about giving you a prescription for fluoride
drops.

2. Check and clean your baby's teeth
As soon as
they come in, clean your baby's teeth at least once a day with a clean,
soft cloth or a baby's toothbrush. Best time to clean: right before
bedtime. Healthy teeth should be all one color. If you see spots or
stains on the teeth, take your baby to your dentist.

At about age 2, most of your child's teeth will be in. Now you can
start brushing them with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste. Young
children cannot get their teeth clean by themselves. Until they are 7
or 8 years old, you will need to help them brush. Try brushing their
teeth first and then letting them finish. And be sure that you put the
toothpaste on the brush----use only a pea-sized amount.  

3. Feed your baby healthy food

Choose foods that do not have a lot of sugar in them. Give your child fruits and vegetables instead of candy and cookies.

4. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay
Do not put
your baby to bed with a bottle at night or at nap time. If you put your
baby to bed with a bottle, fill it only with water. Milk, formula,
juices, and other sweet drinks such as soda all have sugar in them.
Sucking on a bottle filled with liquids that have sugar in them can
cause tooth decay. If your baby uses a pacifier, do not dip it in
anything sweet like sugar or honey.

Near his first birthday, should teach your child to drink from a cup instead of a bottle.

5. Take your child to the dentist

Ask your dentist when to bring your child in for his first visit.
Usually, the dentist will want to see a child by his first birthday.

Source: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (www.nidcr.nih.gov)

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