HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BABY'S TEETHWhen Should I Start Taking My Childto the Dentist?You should make an appointment and visit yourdentist soon after the first tooth comes in and no laterthan the first birthday. A dental vist at an early age isa "well-baby checkup for the teeth. Besides checkingfor cavities and other problems, the dentist can showyou how to clean the child's teeth properly and howto handle habits like thumb sucking. Learn moreabout how to prepare for this visit.How to Care for Your Child's TeethIt's important to care for your baby's teeth from thestart. Here's what to do:Begin cleaning your baby's mouth during the firstfew days ater bit by wiping the gums with a cleanmoist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teethappear, decay can occur. A baby's front four teethusually push through the gums at about 6 monthsof age, although some children don't have their firsttooth until 12 or 14 months.For children younger than 3 years, start brushingtheir teeth as soon as they begin to come into themouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount nomore than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brushteeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night)or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervisechildren's brushing to ensurethat they use theappropriate amount of toothpastePresented as a service to the community byDr. Barbara Webster1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515SM-CL1642925 630-663-0554

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HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BABY'S TEETH When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist? You should make an appointment and visit your dentist soon after the first tooth comes in and no later than the first birthday. A dental vist at an early age is a "well-baby checkup for the teeth. Besides checking for cavities and other problems, the dentist can show you how to clean the child's teeth properly and how to handle habits like thumb sucking. Learn more about how to prepare for this visit. How to Care for Your Child's Teeth It's important to care for your baby's teeth from the start. Here's what to do: Begin cleaning your baby's mouth during the first few days ater bit by wiping the gums with a clean moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby's front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don't have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months. For children younger than 3 years, start brushing their teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children's brushing to ensurethat they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste Presented as a service to the community by Dr. Barbara Webster 1121 Warren Ave., Suite 130, Downers Grove, IL 60515 SM-CL1642925 630-663-0554

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