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Dental health is important at any age - even before a child's very first baby tooth emerges.
Arkansas dentist Dr Bryan Burke told Todaysthv.com reports that parents do not always realize that they should be looking after their little one's dental care from an early age.
He recommended that moms and dads make an effort to clean their infants' gums before their first teeth grow in, using a damp washcloth. When teeth do appear, they should be brushed daily before bedtime.
Kids should be brought to the dentist for a dental checkup around their first birthday, according to dentist Dr James Koonce.
"Those dental exams should center around the health of the child, the growth and development of the child and discussing with the parent different types of habits the child may develop," he told the news provider.
In fact, a baby's feeding, finger-sucking and bottle habits may actually have an effect on their later dental health.
The American Dental Association has warned parents against putting their infants to bed with a bottle that is filled with milk or juice, as these liquids may promote tooth decay.
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