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Baby teeth – why they’re so important to care for

When those first few baby teeth erupt, you may be wondering what type of care they need…after all, they’re just going to end up falling out, right?

“Baby teeth may be small, but they’re important. They act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important.” Source: WebMD

Pediatric gum care

In fact, it’s even a good idea to take care of your baby’s gums before any teeth erupt – in order to keep bacteria from building in the mouth. You can easily care for the gums by gently wiping the surfaces of the gums twice a day, or after feedings, with a soft, damp washcloth or small piece of gauze. Doing this will prevent bacteria that can be harmful to those baby teeth when they eventually erupt. As an added benefit – if baby is actively teething then a cool washcloth might feel good for him or her to chomp on (with constant supervision, of course).

Pediatric tooth care

Once those little teeth start to pop through, utilize a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles to brush baby’s teeth with water, or with a very small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). It doesn’t take much, no need to be vigorous, but establishing this simple routine will create a healthy environment for those permanent teeth that will emerge when the baby teeth, the placeholders, start to fall out.

Happy brushing!

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