North East Family Dentistry
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I am the mother of a new born child, what can I do to keep my baby's teeth healthy?

Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur.  You can prevent decay by reducing the bacteria in your babies mouth and by avoiding sugary liquids in the bottle.   

To help reduce the bacteria in your babies mouth, try not to share your saliva with your baby through licking the feeding spoons or pacifiers.  After each feeding. wipe your child's gums with a clean damp washcloth.  Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles.  Avoid filling the bottle with sugar water, juice or soft drinks.  Infants should finish their bedtime and nap time bottles before going to bed.  Don't dip your babies pacifier in sugar or honey. 

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