Protecting Your Toddler's Teeth

Good hygiene is key leading to first dentist visit

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(HealthDay News) -- Once your baby starts getting teeth, your attention may be turned upside down, literally.

Here are some other things you may need to know about caring for your toddler's teeth and gums, according to the U.S. government's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research:

  • The same germs that cause tooth decay in your mouth can be passed to your baby if you put your baby's spoon, pacifier, or toys in your mouth.
  • Wiping your baby's teeth with a soft cloth after feeding or nursing can help remove some of the sugars found in milk that can cause tooth decay.
  • Never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Sucking on a bottle while lying down can destroy a baby's teeth by leading to tooth decay.
  • And when you're pregnant, be sure to see your doctor if you develop gum problems or heavy oral bleeding. While rare, some gum infections can lead to infections in your unborn baby.

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