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is it necessary to brush my baby's teeth?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes - but the main point is to give a good but gentle cleaning to get the grime off. That should only take a few seconds. Doing this regularly will also establish a good habit for your child as they grow so that brushing will be made important for them.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: Brushing the teeth in an infant can help to prevent the onset of dental caries. It is wise to brush the teeth twice a day and avoid giving your baby a bottle with any sugary drinks (milk or juice) before bedtime once your baby has teeth. It is recommended to see a dentist at 12 months of age for an initial dental screening exam.
Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Baby teeth: It is very important to brush the babes teeth as well as flossing. There are special toothpaste on the market for babies. You can even just use a moist gauze at first. Don't use adult Fluoride tooth paste until the child can spit and wont swallow it.
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Yes: Brushing teeth removes plaque which is a buildup of bacteria that along with sugars produce an acid that dissolves your teeth and is called a cavity.You also want to remove the plaque to prevent mouth odors and buildup of calcium or tartar.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Definitely: If teeth are not brushed, your child will get cavities which can lead to pain and infection. Children have died from tooth related infections, so proper care of the baby teeth is very important.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yup: Baby teeth are prone to cavities, too! and your child is depending on you to take care of them until they have the wherewthall to take care of themselves. Brush them twice a day and help prevent cavities.
Dr. Scott Peters
Pediatric Dentistry 29 years experience
Yes!!!!: Teeth are teeth. You can get cavities in baby teeth just as easily, if not more so, as in adult permanent teeth. An adult should be brushing a child's teeth until at least the age of 8 as until this time they do not have the dexterity to do a great job.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Cleaning a must: Once baby teeth start erupting it's important to have child seen by Dentist, preferably a pediatric dental specialist, a Pedodontist for initial examination. Don't put off past 1st b'day. And yes, baby's teeth have to be kept clean. Rules for kids a little different than rules for adults, so go see a eddontis for training.

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