Is there anything cuter than a baby? Well, yes. Two babies. *taps mic* Is this thing on?

Anyway…

Babies are quite possibly the most exciting thing in the world. There are also a million things to worry about once baby makes their debut. Today’s Ask Dr. Louise responds to one such concern regarding how to properly care for baby’s oral health. As Dr. Louise points out, getting your baby off to a great start is not as daunting of a task as it may seem.

Browsing from work and can’t watch the video? No problem! Here’s what you need to know:

Babies are born with a lot of the same lovely traits as mom and dad. Thankfully we *don’t* pass along the bacteria that have taken up residence in our mouths. But wait! That only applies to day 1. After that, we are at risk of exposing baby to harmful oral bacteria through kissing, sharing of utensils/cups, or even via saliva swapping from a pacifier. It’s impossible to resist planting a million kisses all over your baby’s face, but try to keep them limited to dry pecks! Make sure anyone who is helping to take care of your baby knows the right way to avoid passing along germs.

A damp washcloth or small toothbrush should be used to clean your baby’s teeth as soon as they start to come in.

Proper oral health goes beyond being hygienic! You may not have realized that bottles and pacifiers can cause your baby’s teeth to grow incorrectly if used beyond the recommended age for nipple-like products. Encourage your child to drink from a cup when they are old enough to wean from these items. This will help his or her teeth “come in” straight.

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