How Do I Care for My Baby's Teeth?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.start seeing a dentist, dentists, oral, teeth, mouth, tongues, tooth, teething, gums, toothpaste, dental, baby teeth, CD1Dental Care12/02/200312/04/201912/04/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD11/29/20196fa97c0c-916f-46a9-b736-6aec5e3ad3c5https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/start-brushing-teeth.html/<p><em>My 5-month-old daughter is teething, but she hasn't gotten her first tooth yet. How should I care for her teeth when they come in?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Nicole</em></p> <p>Proper dental care begins before your daughter's first <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/">tooth</a> appears. Each day, run a clean, damp washcloth or an infant toothbrush over her gums to clear away harmful <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/germs.html/">bacteria</a>.</p> <p>When her teeth begin to come in, follow these tips:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Brush her <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/healthy.html/">teeth</a> with an infant toothbrush. Use water and a tiny bit of toothpaste. Talk with your dentist about <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fluoride-water.html/">fluoride</a>.</li> <li>When your baby's teeth touch, you can begin flossing between them.</li> <li>When she's about age 2, start teaching your daughter to spit while brushing. Don't give water to swish and spit because she could swallow toothpaste.</li> </ul> <p>Even babies can get tooth decay. Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle can harm a baby's teeth. Sugars from juice, formula, or milk that stay on a baby's teeth for hours can eat away at the enamel (the layer of the tooth that protects against tooth decay). This can lead to "bottle mouth" or "baby bottle tooth decay." When this happens, the front teeth can get discolored, pocked, and pitted. Cavities might form and, in severe cases, the decayed teeth might need to be pulled.</p> <p>When kids are 6 months old, they can switch from a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/no-bottles.html/">bottle to a sippy cup</a> (with a straw or hard spout). This helps prevent liquid from pooling around a child's teeth.</p>
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Caring for Your Child's Teeth (Video)Good oral health starts even before your child's first tooth comes in. Learn how to instill good habits that will last a lifetime.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/caringforteeth-video.html/f8ff087a-52eb-4ff4-98e0-b43e20478aa5
First Aid: Teeth InjuriesIf your child loses a baby tooth, there's no need to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it's a dental emergency. Here's what to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tooth-sheet.html/2b52aa0b-27fe-4454-81d6-4c0dedd8e32d
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Taking Care of Your TeethThe healthier your teeth are, the happier you look. That's why it's important to take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. Learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/teeth-care.html/c769d281-78d2-450f-8fd1-b7ea429bc616
Teething TotsTeething can be a tough time for babies and parents. Here are the facts on teething, including tips for baby teeth hygiene and relieving pain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/teething.html/c1511ba0-53a7-462c-980e-d61840341e53
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