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Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces. Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish. Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges. Read more

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Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – A child's dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. "The mother's dental health affects her overall health and her baby's health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births," William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. "Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial," Wathen added. "Cavities are 'contagious,' because germs in the mother's mouth and family's mouth will be in a baby's mouth. Since babies aren't born with their own oral flora, they adapt it soon after they're born from their family." Here he offers a timeline of when and how to keep youngsters' teeth and gums ... Read more

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