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Oral Care: Infant & Toddler

It's necessary to follow good oral hygiene practices for infants and toddlers. You should gently wipe your baby's mouth and gums with a wet cloth or gauze after each feeding. As your baby's teeth begin to erupt through the gums, you can start using a soft-bristled baby toothbrush. Wet the bristles with water but do not use any toothpaste. To introduce the toothbrush, begin by just placing the bristles on his/her gums without any motion. Your baby may pull away at first due to the new experience and sensation, but keep up the practice until they are comfortable with seeing the toothbrush, having a toothbrush in their mouth, and the feeling of the bristles on their teeth and gums. At this time, you can begin to introduce gentle back and forth motion over their teeth. You should make it a habit to brush your baby's teeth every night prior to bedtime.

Bottle mouth - avoid bacteria build-up

Don't make pacifiers and thumb sucking a habit

First Dental Visit: General or Pediatric Dentist

suggested dental visit at 1 year

general or pediatric dentist dependent upon the child's and the dentist's comfort factor. for scared toddlers, a pediatric dentist may be the more practical choice. general

what happens at first visit?

Oral Care: Childhood Years

eat healthy & maintain good oral hygiene habits

use fluoride baby toothpaste; brush 2x; floss 1x

maintain regular dental visits

Oral Care Tips

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