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by Diana Kohnle

Health Tip: Protecting Children's Teeth

Don't put juice in baby's bottle
(HealthDay News) -- Watching what people eat and drink should begin in infancy. Eating and drinking right will promote a healthy body, including the teeth.
The American Dental Association suggests how to promote healthy teeth in children:
Don't share feeding spoons with baby or put baby's pacifier in your mouth. Wipe down gums after each feeding with a clean, damp cloth. Begin brushing your child's teeth as soon as they come in, using a child-sized toothbrush and a light smear of fluoride toothpaste. Provide supervision when your youngster brushes teeth, until age 6 or so. Only formula or breast milk should be placed in bottles, never juice, soda or sugar water. Do not let baby take a bottle to bed. Never dip your child's pacifier in anything sweet. Get your child to drink from a cup by age 1. Promote eating healthy foods.
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