Caring for your baby’s teeth

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Taking your baby to the doctor is a given, but when is too soon for the dentist?

Many parents wonder how soon they should start dental care for their infants and if anything should be done before teeth even break through.

Skip Tyson, D.D.S. of Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry joined us on Good Morning Carolina Monday to clear up some answers for parents and explain proper dental care.

The North Carolina Dental Society has a few tips for parents. Clean gums with damp gauze or a wash cloth as early as the first few days after birth. Breastfeeding may produce a better bit than being bottle fed. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle, it can cause tooth decay. Brush as soon as the first tooth comes in using a children’t toothpaste. Finally, schedule their first visit with the dentist by your child’s first birthday.

Watch the interview above for more details.



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