Infant Oral Care
It is important to establish good oral health for your baby even before his/her first birthday. Although an infant doesn't usually grow teeth until 5-6 months old, there are circumstances where even newborns need oral procedures to assist with feeding or development. We can care for all children, from newborn and beyond. Our pediatric dentistry is trusted by doctors throughout the region.
Infants Need Oral Care, too...
It is a common misconception that a child doesn't need oral care until their first teeth come in, around 6 months old. However, it is important to keep even a tiny baby's mouth clean to promote healthy teeth and gums.
Taking Care of Baby's Teeth
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY BABY SEE A DENTIST?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends bringing your child to a pediatric dentist for a routine dental exam before celebrating their first birthday. Make an appointment with us when baby's teeth begin to emerge.
HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY BABY'S MOUTH?
Even infants are at risk for tooth decay from the sugars in milk, juice, and food. At least twice a day, you can wipe down your baby's gums with a clean, damp washcloth to remove bacteria buildup. When baby's teeth come in, a rice-sized drop of fluoride toothpaste on a soft bristled toothbrush will be appropriate.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING TEETHING?
Teething symptoms can vary from child to child. Some babies experience tenderness, fussiness, drooling, and minor appetite loss starting as early as 3 months of age. However, some babies do not display much teething discomfort. Teeth will continue to emerge through age 3.
We have answers! Just call us any time. With decades of experience, we are a resource to your family, from infancy and beyond.