There's nothing quite like seeing your baby's first smile, all gummy and gooey and soft enough to melt your heart. But all the smiles that come after that are pretty great too, and you know how to make them happen: tickles, silly songs, wearing a clean diaper on your head like a bonnet...You're also the one who can keep baby's smile healthy for years to come, and it starts even earlier than you might think.
You can start brushing baby's teeth as soon as he or she has any. Check with your pediatrician about the types of toothbrushes and toothpastes that are appropriate for your baby at different ages or stages, and then make it part of your daily routine. We made up a funny song that made toothbrushing something to look forward to rather than dread, and I'm pleased to announce that both my kids can get through the process without complaints or toothpaste smeared all over the bathroom mirrors. We've even suckered my four-year-old into thinking flossing is a special treat for when he's been an extra-good boy. Ha!
Definitely ask your pediatrician and dentist about how to care for your baby's smile, and keep in mind that feeding your little one healthy, non-sugary foods and drinks (no soda pop in the bottles, friends), also helps. We live for their smiles, so it makes sense to keep them looking their best.
Does your baby like having his or her teeth brushed? Do you have any tips or tricks to share that make it easier?
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