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While some people may think that tooth decay only affects toddlers and those who are old enough to eat candy and other sweets, that's not true. Tooth decay can also impact babies as well. Recently, Dentistry IQ published an article explaining how early tooth decay can affect children under the age of five, and is something that parents should work on avoiding.
The news source spoke to Salim Khatib, Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatology in Columbia Asia Hospital, who explained that one way mothers can help their babies avoid tooth decay is to only give them breast milk until they are at least 6 months old. Parents also need to know how to care for their babies gums.
"All mothers are instructed to clean the gums of their child twice a day with lukewarm water. Moreover, parents should also show them how to brush and spit out. Precautions will keep them away from dental problems which they might contract as they grow older," Khatib told Dentistry IQ.
The American Dental Association recommends that parents take babies to their first dental appointment by the age of 1, or when their first tooth appears, whichever comes first.
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