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My daughter has her first tooth, how do I take care of it?

What is neccessary to care for it. She doesnt eat alot of solids or juice.

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amber710

Asked by amber710 at 3:30 PM on May. 5, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Brush it. Buy one of those finger toothbrushes or a baby toothbrush. You can use just water or you can use the baby toothpaste (no flouride)
    a_and_j_momma

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 3:34 PM on May. 5, 2009

  • brush! you can use your finger, a washcloth or a toothbrush (I recommend a finger brush). you dont have to worry about toothpase yet (but there are safe baby pastes out there safe to swallow and flouride free), so just water will do the trick!
    Owl_Feather

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 3:37 PM on May. 5, 2009

  • Whenever you wash her face, take the warm wet washcloth and wipe her tooth -- and all her gums too. It's quick and easy and it is a first step towards good oral health. I wouldn't worry about brushing until she gets a few more.....which could be soon!
    christyg

    Answer by christyg at 3:45 PM on May. 5, 2009

  • She doesn't have to eat solids or juice - she coats it with sugar every time she drinks milk or formula.
    You can use a washcloth and plain water. Or you can buy a baby toothbrush or a fingertip brush and some baby toothpaste. If you opt for toothpaste, make sure it has no flouride. She shouldn't use flouride paste until she understands to not swallow and knows how to spit - usually after 3.5 years.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 9:08 PM on May. 5, 2009

  • We brush mine sons with a toddler tooth brush and water... we try to do it every night before bed... besides cleaning it helps him get use to the idea of brushing his teeth. He really likes it now (he use to fight us on it)
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:07 AM on May. 6, 2009

  • As soon as your little one gets teeth brush them. If she doesn't like you doing it then get her a finger brush. sit with her while she chews on it for a few minutes I would try it with warm water first as a new texture and flavor of the baby toothpaste might be to much at first. Until she gets used to it and moves on to letting you do it for or with her you can clean her tooth or very soon teeth with a warm washcloth be for bed. In fact you should get her and yourself into the habit of at least 2x daily. First dental visit is normally around 3 yrs of age. that's a long time of dental care before you see a pediatric dentist. Oh just a note using a mirror helps as then the little one can see what she is actually doing and it might be easier for her to want to brush.
    decafsis

    Answer by decafsis at 1:25 AM on May. 7, 2009

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