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  • Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

    Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one.

    Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

    •     Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months.
    •     Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen.
    •     Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces.
    •     Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish.
    •     Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges.

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