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Care of baby teeth yields future benefits

Brought to you by Todd Gifford, DMD, Gifford Family Dentistry - Dental INSIDER -

Todd Gifford, DMD, Gifford Family DentistryParents, please take note. Just because baby teeth are temporary doesn't mean they should be ignored.

Adopting good habits early will pay off for your child's oral health down the road. Maintaining healthy baby teeth until their natural exfoliation yields a multitude of benefits. Baby teeth help shape your child’s speech, facilitate proper chewing and eating, and act as important placeholders for permanent teeth.

For best results, follow these guidelines from the American Dental Association:

From birth (before teeth erupt): Wipe gums clean with a moistened gauze or cloth

Age birth to 3 (teeth present): Brush twice daily for two minutes with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste*

Ages 3-6: Brush twice daily for two minutes, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste*

Any age when teeth touch: Add flossing to the daily routine

Pay a visit to your local dentist before your child's first birthday or within six months of the first tooth erupting, whichever comes first.

Early dental visits help your child become comfortable with dental professionals, preparing them for a lifetime of good care without fear. Getting regular checkups is also key to finding and correcting any issues that may impact your child’s oral health.

Note: Fluoride toothpaste should not be swallowed. If you feel your child is not yet able to spit well during tooth brushing, substitute with non-fluoride toothpaste until they can. In this scenario, a great option is CariFree CTx3, available on Amazon.com and in select dental offices.

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