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Health Tip: Protecting Children's Teeth
Don't put juice in baby's bottle

By Diana Kohnle

(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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