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The reality or oral care for babies is this:  Home oral care should start as soon as possible.  Even before a baby’s teeth have come through, start cleaning gums with a soft baby toothbrush or a cloth and water.  As soon as the first teeth make an appearance, clean teeth and gums gently with a small, soft toothbrush.  No toothpaste. 

Children’s first offical visit to the dental office should be around the age of three.  Of course if there is a problem you need to call.  If never hurts to schedule a “chair ride” for your little one earlier than age three to help them become comfortable with the facility and team members.