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Baby tooth and gum care

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When your baby gets their first tooth, you can start practicing dental care at home by wrapping a moistened bit of gauze around your finger and gently wiping their tooth and gums. Be sure to watch out for them chomping down. They may not have a mouth full of teeth yet they'd give any crocodile a run for their money!

After they get several teeth, you can switch to using a baby toothbrush with 2-3 lines of very soft bristles. Make sure to read the packaging to ensure it's specifically for use with babies. Check with your pediatrician about the type of baby toothpaste to use. Depending on where you live and if there's fluoride in your tap water, they may or may not recommend a fluoride toothpaste.

It's best to get into the habit of twice daily dental care - once in the morning and once at night right before they go to bed. Doing so at night will help prevent bottle rot where the milk sugars (from breast milk and formula) pool in their teeth causing them to rot or decay.

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