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Many people believe that baby teeth are unnecessary and unimportant, but our team at Atwood Family Dental is happy to tell you that that is not true. Baby teeth are extremely important and they have vital roles that make it possible for your child grow into the beautiful smile they deserve. So, it is best that you do everything you can to take care of your child’s baby teeth, and we recommend doing so by doing the following things:

· Clean your baby’s mouth before the teeth even move into place. You can clean the gums with a moist gauze pad or washcloth. This will help remove the plaque that threatens your child’s smile each day.
· Once your child’s teeth grow in, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean them twice a day. You should only use a small amount of toothpaste—about the size of a tiny grain of rice.
· When your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Brush the baby teeth every morning and every night and make sure your child does not swallow the paste.
· Teach your child how to brush when the time is right. Also, when your child has two teeth that grow in next to each other, make sure you floss between them at least once a day.

For more information on how to take care of baby teeth, please call Atwood Family Dental today at 432.337.6165 and talk to our caring dental staff. Dr. Greg Atwood also encourages you to schedule an appointment if you need a personal demonstration on how to brush and floss. We look forward to helping you!