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How to... look af­ter bub’s teeth

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

As soon as it ap­pears, clean the first tooth reg­u­larly ev­ery morn­ing and af­ter his last drink at night, us­ing just your fin­ger.

Once he’s used to the clean­ing process, start us­ing a baby-friendly tooth­brush and from 18 months a baby-for­mu­lated tooth­paste (with the right amount of flu­o­ride). Make sure he spits out after­wards.

Af­ter brush­ing bub’s teeth at night, only of­fer him wa­ter to drink. As a gen­eral rule don’t of­fer cor­dial, juices or sug­ary snacks, es­pe­cially be­tween meals.

Avoid breast­feed­ing bub for pro­longed pe­ri­ods at night as breast­milk can pool in his mouth and cause tooth de­cay.

When bub starts on solids, re­place his sippy cups with a beaker to pre­vent liq­uid from set­tling around his teeth.

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