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INFANT ORAL CARE
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that you schedule your child’s first oral hygiene appointment when they reach their 1st birthday. Why so soon? The biggest reason is to help prevent problems from occurring.
Infant oral care begins before you can even see tooth buds in your infant’s mouth. The sugars in the milk and juices they drink and/or the sugars found in the solid foods they will later eat affect gum health. Sugars left to fester on the gums and teeth affect the health of gums and developing teeth.
Parents/Guardians play a pivotal role in the development of good oral habits by cleaning your infant’s gums right after they are born. Expect that it may take some getting used to at first, but soon your baby will not be opposed to having his mouth cleaned. By getting your infant adapted to oral care early on, you lay a foundation for success with toothbrushing/flossing in the years to follow.