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Parents want the best of everything for their little ones, including shiny teeth and healthy gums. To be sure that your baby gets the best dental care possible, check out these basic "do's and don'ts."
- Do get in the habit of cleaning your baby's gums before primary tooth eruption.
- Do wrap clean gauze around your finger and gently wipe the gum tissue clean.
- Don't attempt a gum cleaning if your baby is cranky or tired.
- Don't reach for the toothpaste. It's not needed in this early stage.
Baby Toothbrushing Basics
- Do try brushing as a family, singing songs or making brushing into a game.
- Do try different positions for brushing until you find one that works for both of you.
- Don't overuse toothpaste. Use an amount equal to the size of a match head and discourage your little one from swallowing.
- Don't forget to floss. Flossing should be initiated as soon as your baby has two teeth next to one another.
Baby's First Dental Visit
- Do take your baby to the dentist at around one year of age, or approximately six months after the eruption of the first tooth.
- Don't stick with a dentist you don't like. Baby's first visit to the dentist should be fun and comfortable for both you and your child.