Quick and easy tips for baby’s tooth care

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From the moment your baby’s first tooth appears, you can reduce the risks of dental decay by practising good oral hygiene habits. Here are some quick and easy tips:

  • Clean your baby’s newly erupted teeth with a small, soft toothbrush.
  • Use floss to clean between all teeth that are touching.
  • Check for early warning signs by lifting up your baby’s top lip. White, chalky teeth or brown or black stained teeth indicate a problem. Contact your dental professional immediately.
  • Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle.
  • Don’t lick your baby’s pacifier, as you may pass along cavity-causing germs.
  • Introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to your baby’s diet when appropriate and always encourage healthy eating.
  • Offer water or unsweetened drinks in baby bottles and sippy cups.
  • Begin regular dental visits by age one.

Find more information at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca