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  1. 1Whether or not baby has teeth yet, it’s never too early to begin practicing good oral hygiene.  The first step is to make sure you’re properly bottle-feeding your baby. Don’t allow him to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided altogether. 
  2. 2Get into the habit of gently wiping baby’s gums with a clean cloth or infant toothbrush and water after each feeding. This not only helps keep leftover milk from collecting on young gums, but will also stimulate the salivary glands for a good "drool rinse."
  3. 3A visit to a pediatric dentist should be planned after the first tooth has erupted -- between six months and one year. This first visit lays the groundwork for future dental exams and makes it more likely to nip any potential dental problems in the bud.
  4. 4Make sure you’re providing foods rich in nutrients and low in refined sugars. In addition, set proper limits on snacking and treats.
  5. 5Finally, let your child see you brush and floss. They will likely want to imitate, and the shared activity may provide additional opportunities for you to teach them more about proper oral hygiene.
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