Health Tip: Brush Your Baby's Teeth

Suggestions to help infants and older toddlers

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(HealthDayNews) -- You should clean your baby's teeth with a soft brush and water as soon as they come in, the U.S. National Institutes of Health advises.

It's best to clean them each day right before bedtime.

At about age 2, most of your child's teeth will have come in. At this age, you can start brushing them with a small drop of fluoride toothpaste.

For young children who cannot get their teeth clean by themselves, you will need to help them brush. Try brushing their teeth first, then letting them finish the job. And be sure that you put the toothpaste on the brush yourself, using only a pea-sized amount.

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