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Taking Care of Your Teeth: Children | Print |

Infants should see a dentist at the age of one as a preventive measure to dental problems.

One of the biggest issues is bottle tooth decay or nursing cavities. This happens when the baby has a bottle or is nursing at night or during a nap.

Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age. Encourage your baby to use a cup as much as possible when approaching their first birthday and especially when drinking juice.

Unless it is advised by your child’s pediatric dentist, do not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 2-3 years. To clean your baby's teeth and gums, use a soft baby toothbrush, and gently rub the infants gums and any teeth with water.


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