Before your baby ever develops teeth, you need to care for her gums and mouth. After her teeth start to...
Before your baby ever develops teeth, you need to care for her gums and mouth. After her teeth start to sprout extra care is required to help ensure healthy teeth for the rest of her life. Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) it's a great time to brush up on your baby teeth skills. Your baby will typically start to get her first teeth somewhere between six and eight months. However, some babies start getting teeth as early as four months. Usually the two bottom teeth are first to arrive. The ADA recommends that your child visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age or by her first birthday.

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Once teeth start to emerge you should continue to use a soft finger brush or soft baby toothbrush on her gums and new teeth. The ADA recommends that as soon as the teeth begin to appear, "Start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child less than 2 years of age." In the image above, the toothbrush on the left shows how much toothpaste you should be using for a baby under the age of two. Use a pea size amount for 2-4 year old children (shown on right). Discuss brands of toothpaste with your baby's pediatrician or dentist. Extra fluoride is not a normal supplement for babies. Although, if you don't have fluoride in your water supply your pediatrician may recommend fluoride drops. DO NOT give fluoride drops without first discussing it with your baby's doctor. Do not give mouthwash to a baby. Most contain alcohol and your baby will swallow it thus putting her at risk for poisoning. She doesn't know how to swish yet. Once your baby transitions from breastmilk to other foods try to limit sugary snacks and juices. Don't give your baby useless calories that are packed with sugar such as soda.

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