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Protect Your Baby’s Teeth

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 05-11-2007

Your baby probably has several teeth by
now. Baby teeth are important. They can
affect how the permanent teeth will grow.

Your baby learns by watching you. Set a
good example. Brush your teeth after every
meal. Avoid eating sugary foods. Go to the
dentist for regular checkups.

If you notice any white spots on your
baby’s teeth, take him to a dentist. White
spots may be a sign of decay. Regular dental care starts at age one. Emergency
dental care can begin sooner.

Here are some ways to protect your baby’s teeth:

  • If your baby needs a bottle to fall asleep, give him only water in a bottle
    or a cup. Liquids other than water contain sugar. Feeding at bedtime
    may leave sugar on teeth all night. Then sugar has more time to turn
    into decay
  • If you feed your baby formula, always hold him while feeding. Never
    prop the bottle.
  • If you use a pacifier, keep it clean. Don’t coat it with anything.
  • Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums every night. Use a wet, clean, soft
    washcloth.

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