You may have pediatrician visits, vaccines and your
own doctor appointments down pat, but lots of new parents don't
realize they need to add a pediatric dentist to the list. Dental
experts recommend infants visit a dentist before they celebrate
their first birthdays.
Also on the checklist? Cleaning your infant's mouth twice a
day-something almost half of moms report not doing, according to a
Before your baby's first teeth come in, use a clean washcloth
and water to wipe out the inside of her mouth and gums every
morning and evening, says Dr. Ned Savide, spokesperson for the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. "You're starting to
introduce kids to a habit they're going to have for the rest of
their lives," he says. Pick a comfortable place and establish a
Dental rules, straight from the experts
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