Our team here at Smiles 4 Life is trained and experienced in infant dental care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a young child should see a dentist for an initial appointment by the age of one. If your child’s teeth appear early, come in six months after the first tooth erupts.
Anticipatory guidance includes early detection and prevention of dental and oral health issues in children. We understand the importance of looking out for your child when it comes to a happy, healthy smile. Our dental team watches for signs like misalignments, odd lesions or bumps in the mouth, discolorations, and other symptoms that may indicate more serious future dental issues.
Taking Care of Your Infant’s Teeth
When you visit our office, we can show you how to take care of your child’s teeth in a way that can prevent problems like cavities and decay. The following steps can help you get started:
- Schedule a visit with your own dentist during your second trimester of pregnancy.
- Schedule an exam for your child around the time of your baby’s first birthday or a few months after the first tooth appears.
- During the first year, use a clean, damp cloth or a piece of gauze to wipe around your child’s gums and the inside of the mouth.
- When the first teeth show up, use an infant brush (often fitting on your fingertip) and a non-fluoride toothpaste to clean the teeth.
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep while feeding from a bottle. Milk can sit on the teeth and gums and cause early dental problems.
If you have any questions, reach out to our office!
For Pediatric Professionals That Care, Call Us Today!
Our pediatric dental team can show you the importance of infant dental care in a safe, comfortable environment. Call us today to schedule an appointment and meet our dentist. We’re excited to meet you and your child!