Nearly a third of 2-year-olds already have some signs of tooth decay. You shouldn't neglect baby teeth just because they're going to fall out eventually. Baby teeth are important -- they hold space for the permanent teeth.
To keep your child's teeth and gums clean:
Brush them gently with a soft brush twice a day.
Use some non-fluoride toothpaste or plain water on the toothbrush until your child turns 2.
Limit sweets -- like candy and cookies -- and keep juice to no more than 4 to 6 ounces per day.
Take your toddler to the dentist for every scheduled checkup.
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