Brushing Babies Teeth

I know you're SUPPOSED to brush twice a day, floss and visit the dentist every 6 months, but I think this new recommendation seems like a bit much.

According to this article, The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending all children, regardless of their age, use toothpaste with fluoride to prevent tooth decay as soon as they get their first tooth.  But, that's not where it gets silly to me.   I pulled this highlighted portion from the article: Beginning at the time teeth appear, fluoride varnish should be applied by doctors or dentists every 3 to 6 months, according to the AAP.  Seriously?  I recently asked my dentist about the appropriate age to take my daughter for her first check-up.  They suggested 3 years old.  Seems about right to me.  I've been brushing her teeth, as well as her younger sisters, as soon as they popped up.  But I honestly can't imagine taking my 1 year old to the dentist, every 3 to 6 months for this varnish they're talking about.  What's wrong with the fluoride-free stuff when they're little?  It gets them into a good habit until they can understand they need to spit it out in the sink!

To each his own!


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