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Looking at your newborn, you may be surprised to learn that she already has all of her teeth. In fact, all of us are born with our first set of teeth, which start to erupt after six months. However, taking care of your baby’s smile starts before the first tooth comes in.

You should wipe down your baby’s gums with a clean cloth or piece of gauze after every feeding. That will remove any residue from milk or formula. You should never put anything in your baby’s bottle except milk, formula, or water. Drinks like fruit juices can cause baby bottle tooth decay, especially if your baby falls asleep with her bottle.

When she starts to teeth, try pressing gently down on her guns with a clean piece of gauze, or a chilled spoon. You can also give her a clean teething ring that has been chilled in the refrigerator. Your baby’s first trip to the dentist should be within six months of her first tooth and before her first birthday.

When you start brushing your baby’s teeth, use a toothbrush with soft bristles, a wide handle and small head which can reach all of her teeth. Until she is three years old, you should only use a tiny smear of toothpaste. From age three to six, use a dab of toothpaste about the size of a pea. You can ask our dentist, Dr. Horizon Family when it would be appropriate to use a toothpaste containing fluoride.

If you have just welcomed a new arrival to your family and want to learn more about taking care of her teeth, call 301-868-3203 today to schedule an appointment at Horizon Family Dental Care