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 recent survey.
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 regular routine.
Dental rules, straight from the experts
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