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First tooth? First dental visit!
Schedule your baby’s first dental visit whenever you see the first tooth and no later than his or her first birthday. At the first visit, you will hold your baby while the dentist gives a knee-to-knee exam and checks for signs of any potential problems. Come learn how to properly care for your child’s teeth to maintain good oral health for a lifetime.
Preventing early decay
Use a clean soft washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums after every feeding, and especially at bedtime. To prevent tooth decay, never put your baby to bed with a bottle, and avoid passing germs to your baby’s mouth. Don’t put a spoon, pacifier, or toothbrush in your mouth before giving it to your baby.
Keeping teeth clean
After the first tooth is in, use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste on a small soft toothbrush and clean the tooth every day. At least once a month, lift your baby’s lip and check the teeth for spots or stains. Set a good example by brushing and flossing your own teeth every day.
To schedule your baby’s first dental visit call:
1.877.214.2611 (toll free)
This program is sponsored through a grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation.