Caring for Baby's Teeth

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Caring for Baby's Teeth

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Caring for Baby's Teeth

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By the time your child is 2 years old, she will have 20 teeth. If any of these teeth are decayed, your child may have what dentists call, "nursing bottle mouth." Bacteria in baby's mouth reacts with sugar to make acid.

When she is awake, swallowing helps wash acid away. When baby sleeps, more acid stays on her teeth to cause cavities. So don't give baby a bedtime bottle.

Even though your child will lose her baby teeth, it's important to keep teeth healthy. Baby teeth help keep space open in the mouth so adult teeth aren't crowded. You can care for baby's teeth by providing your child a balanced diet and by wiping her teeth with a clean washcloth or gauze pad after meals.

Source: Nebraska Extension NuFacts

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