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Healthy teeth are very important to your child’s overall health.

Baby teeth begin to erupt at about six months of age. Dental care should begin as soon as the first teeth erupt.

Gently clean the front and back of your baby’s teeth and gums with a soft cloth twice a day. Do not put your child to bed with a baby bottle. Instead of doing that, rock the baby until she falls asleep.

  • Get your child used to drink clean water.
  • Limit and dilute juices in water.
  • Start using a soft toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste as more teeth come in.
  • Use a very small amount of fluoridated toothpaste to brush the teeth of children between 2 and 6 years of age.
  • Encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. Rinse with water.
  • Take your baby to the dentist for a checkup no later than one year of age.


  • Don’t put anything sweet on pacifiers. This can lead to tooth decay.
  • Do not use pacifiers after your child is 12 months old.
  • Prolonged use of pacifiers can lead to incorrect position of the teeth and speech problems.

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