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Take Care of Baby Teeth

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Babies are not born with the germs that cause cavities – they get them from grown-ups. By taking a few simple steps, you can avoid spreading harmful bacteria to your baby’s mouth. Here’s how you can make sure your child is free from cavities and other painful, expensive dental diseases:

  • Don’t dip pacifiers in honey or sugar
  • All children should see a dentist by their first birthday

Cleaning a child’s teeth should begin when the first tooth is visible, because teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth. Children should also see a dentist every six months to help your child develop a positive attitude about the dentist. Your pediatrician and/or health care provider can play an important role with “looking” in the mouth.

If you have any questions about your child’s dental hygiene, be sure to call the Help Me Grow 2-1-1 line, or send Help Me Grow a text at: 302-231-1464. Help Me Grow 2-1-1 will set you up with a specialist to help answer any questions or address any concerns.