18 doctors weighed in:
Is it necessary to brush my baby's teeth?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is.

In brief: Yes
It is.
Dr. R Lee Hinson
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Dr. Dave Burns
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Dave Burns
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4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sharon Perelman
Dr. Sharon Perelman
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Scott Peters
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Scott Peters
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Dr. Eyal Simchi
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Eyal Simchi
Dr. Eyal Simchi
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Theodore Davantzis
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