ORAL HYGIENE: Brushing a baby's teeth


After weeks of watching your baby drool and fuss, you finally spot that first little tooth bud popping up through the gums.

Over the next couple of years, your baby's gummy smile will gradually be replaced by two rows of baby teeth.

Baby teeth may be small, but they're important.

They act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly.

That's why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important.

Caring for Baby's Gums

You can start caring for baby's gums right away. But at first, the care won't involve a toothbrush and toothpaste. Instead, take these steps:

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Get a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze.
Gently wipe down your baby's gums at least twice a day.
Especially wipe your baby's gums after feedings and before bedtime.

This will wash off bacteria and prevent them from clinging to gums. Bacteria can leave behind a sticky plaque that damages infant teeth as they come in.


Youtube / Sarah Tevis Poteet, DDS, PA



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