BY LESLIE TILLOTSON, www.kutv.com
Good oral health starts by creating a routine with your child – before they even have teeth. This includes not putting baby to bed with a bottle, and remembering to wipe their gums with a clean washcloth during bath time.
“Start brushing teeth once that first tooth pops through,” says Dr. Carly Sorenson, Pediatrician at Central Orem Pediatrics.
This should be done using a small toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste. If your child is under the age of three, use a grain of rice sized glob of toothpaste; over the age of three, toothpaste should be pea sized.
Another way to protect baby’s teeth is to introduce a sippy cup at six months and get rid of the bottle by one year.
Finally, be sure to schedule baby’s first visit with a dentist around their first birthday.
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