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How to Clean a Baby's Gums

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Uploaded on Aug 17, 2010

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Although your baby's toothless grin is adorable, bacteria can build up on her gums, so it's important to keep them clean even before those first pearly whites pop through.

Step 1: Soak washcloth
Soak the washcloth in cool water and wring it out until it's just damp.

Step 2: Wrap around finger
Wrap the damp cloth around your finger.

Step 3: Swipe gums
Gently run the cloth over the surface of your baby's gums. Make sure to swipe both the upper and lower surfaces.

Tip
You shouldn't have any trouble squeezing your finger past your baby's lips, but if you do, try tickling her lower lip. This should induce her to open wide.

Step 4: Repeat process
Repeat this process a couple times a day, preferably after feedings. Getting your baby used to the sensation can make brushing her teeth easier down the road for both of you.

Did You Know?
At birth, a baby has 20 primary teeth just below the surface of her gums.

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