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A 47-year-old member asked:

Should i clean my 9-month-olds teeth?

6 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Yes: After meals and before bedtime, try to wash off the teeth with a clean cloth. Don't worry too much about getting every last bit off the teeth. Try to make this a fun time for your baby.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: Even before your baby sports his first tooth, it's a good idea to get into the habit of wiping his gums with gauze or a soft wet washcloth during bath time. You don't need to use any toothpaste yet. Simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his gums.
Dr. Max Arocha
Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes: You should start cleaning them. At first, just use a piece of gauze moistened with water to wipe plaque from your baby's teeth and gums. You don't need to use toothpaste, but try to clean them twice a day. Once your baby has several teeth, you might try using a small toothbrush with just two or three rows of very soft bristles.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Yes: All children's teeth need to be cleaned as decay can occur at any time. I see young children (9-24 months old) with decay on their 4 upper front teeth. Clean (no fluoride) the teeth and gums after every feeding.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Yes: Take a clean, damp washcloth and wipe the teeth and gums after every feeding. Your child is too young to brush their own teeth.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Yes: Teeth of any age are prone to decay take a clean, moist washcloth an wipe the teeth and gums after every feeding. Never have the baby go to sleep with a bottle. No Fluoride at this young age. There are child specific non-fluoride toothpastes or mipaste (non fluoride).

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A 36-year-old female asked:

My 9 month old doesn't have any teeth. What type of foods can she eat?

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Last updated Jan 20, 2017

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