Thursday, May 20, 2010

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dental Care for Babies

Teeth start to come in around the age of 6 months.  They help your baby chew food and speak clearly.  And they help shape your baby’s face and guide adult teeth into place.


  • Offer a cold, firm, safe teething object like a teething ring or slightly frozen washcloth.
  • Rub the gums gently with your clean finger.

Cleaning and Brushing

  • After teeth come in, gently clean teeth and gums with a small, soft toothbrush or clean damp cloth and a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

To Keep Teeth Healthy

  • If you give your baby a bottle at bedtime or naps, give only water.  Other liquids can cause decay if left in your baby’s mouth while sleeping.
  • Ask your dentist or doctor about fluoride drops when your child is 6 months old, and make sure that your baby’s mouth is checked by age one.  Take your baby in sooner if you notice a problem.

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