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Health Tip: Brush Baby's Gums

Health Tip: Brush Baby's Gums

01/11/11

HealthDay News) -- It's never too early to start caring for baby's teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association offers these suggestions:

  • Even before teeth emerge, wipe down baby's gums using clean gauze or a small, cool spoon.
  • Using water and a toothbrush made for babies, start brushing teeth as soon as they poke through.
  • Starting when your child reaches age 2 years, use a pea-sized squirt of toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Always clean baby's pacifier before offering it.
  • Don't let baby take a bottle to bed.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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