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The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should go to the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth – and no later than their first birthday.
BABY'S FIRST VISIT TO THE DENTIST
At the first check-up, the dentist will:
● Check your child for cavities
● Show you how to brush and floss your baby's teeth
● Teach you about food, drinks, and habits that can cause cavities
● Talk about fluoride and how it can prevent cavities
● Check your child's bite, growth, and development
● Give you information to prevent accidents as your baby grows
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BABY'S SMILE
● CLEAN: Clean your baby's gums with a damp washcloth after eating and drinking.
● BRUSH: Once the first tooth shows up, use a soft toothbrush and water to brush your baby's teeth and gums. Brush in soft gentle circles.
● NO BOTTLE IN BED: Don't let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk or sugary drinks at nap time or at night.
● GIVE WATER: Give your child water. Do not give your child drinks with added sugar, such as soda or juice.
● DON'T SHARE FORKS, SPOONS OR FOOD: If you put food or eating utensils in your mouth, do not put them in your child's mouth. Doing so spreads germs that can cause cavities.
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