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Infant Oral Health Care

Welcoming a child into the world is a joyous occasion, and every parent wants to keep their child healthy and happy.  Oral health is an important part of your child's overall health, and therefore oral health care should begin at birth.  Wiping your child's gums with a clean, wet cloth after feeding not only helps to remove bacteria and sugars, it also helps to prepare and condition him/her to a brushing routine.

The first teeth usually appear between 6-12 months of age.  As soon as teeth are visible, it is appropriate to brush them twice each day using a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush and a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste (the size of an uncooked grain of rice), as this would be safe if swallowed.  It is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics that your child's first dental visit should occur by age one, in order to establish good oral health practices and detect and prevent any possible problems such as early childhood tooth decay.