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How To Keep My Baby's Mouth Healthy

Why do I need to help my baby have a healthy mouth?

 

Healthy baby teeth are used for:Chewing food.

  • Speaking clearly.
  • Saving space for permanent teeth.
  • Good health.
  • Feeling good about yourself.

Things I can do to help my baby have a healthy mouth

  • Make sure I brush and floss my teeth to keep my mouth healthy and not pass germs that cause cavities to my baby.
  • Before my baby has teeth, wipe my baby's gums with a clean, soft, damp cloth two times a day.
  • Breastfeed or give my baby a bottle or sip cup only at feeding times.
  • Don't put my baby to bed with a bottle or sip cup or allow my baby to nurse at will.
  • Give my baby a pacifier with nothing on it, especially anything sweet.
  • Never put my baby's pacifier in my mouth before giving it to my baby.
  • Use a soft toothbrush, without toothpaste, to clean my baby's teeth.
  • Ask my baby's doctor about fluoride.

Thanks to the Education Committee of the Maine Dental Access Coalition (Augusta, Maine)
 

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