Early Infant Oral Care
We recommend that you bring your child to a pediatric dentist by the eruption of their first tooth, or by their first birthday. Teething for many children can begin as early as 3-4 months of age, but can differ for every baby. We strongly recommend beginning cleaning the teeth as they erupt. Our doctors can counsel parents on how to do this. We will also review with parents that it is important to clean the teeth after nighttime feedings, so as to prevent dental decay. We will monitor the growth and development of your child’s dentition starting at this young age. We also provide your child with a “dental home,” so you will have somewhere to call in case of any unexpected emergencies.
Nursing your newborn child is the most natural way to bond with your child. When a tongue-tie interferes with your child’s ability to latch, it can be traumatic for both mother and child. A simple procedure called a lingual frenectomy can be performed in our office. All of our Laser Certified Pediatric Dentists have specialized training that allows us to quickly remove the tight tissue band under the tongue. This allows for more movement and can immediately improve your child’s ability to nurse. Often this procedure can be performed at the initial appointment with only a topical anesthetic. The change is drastic and rewarding for all parties.
We strongly believe that starting early with the pediatric dentist will help provide you and your families with the knowledge to help your baby have healthy teeth from the start. We also feel it will help your child become familiar with the dentist at an early age, and excited to come see us as they grow!