Facilitators of Change Nutrition/Behavior Counseling

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Teeth Cleaning

Dental care should begin even before an infant’s first tooth appears. Clean the baby’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze at least once a day after feeding. This will help remove bacteria and plaque, and will also help the infant get adjusted to having their mouth cleaned.

Begin cleaning primary teeth as soon as they appear. Be sure gums are also cleaned. A child-sized toothbrush or washcloth should be used. Tooth brushing is a health habit children need to learn. Have children brush after all meals and snacks especially before bedtime. It is important that the parents set an example by brushing their own teeth after they eat.

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