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When Should I Start Cleaning My Baby's Teeth?

This is a good habit to start early! The teeth must be cleaned as they erupt. Use a damp wash cloth or a soft infant toothbrush and water. Unless it is advised by the dentist, do not use fluoridated toothpaste until age 2-3.  After that, use a tiny dab of fluoridated toothpaste and ensure to teach your child to spit out the paste.

Tooth brushing is definitely a parents job in the preschool years.  Most small children do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively. Children are usually able to brush their teeth well when they are 8 years old.

Be sure to check your child's teeth regularly for any chalky white or brown spots which could be the beginning of tooth decay.

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