Infant dental exams are an important part of starting your child’s oral health journey. Early dental care is essential to preserve your child’s oral health and encourage good oral hygiene habits. Infant dental appointments are also an ideal time for you to learn how to properly clean your infant’s teeth and gums, talk about their feeding and oral habits, and for their pediatric dentist to recommend child-appropriate dental care and teething products.
Did You Know?
Infants are especially susceptible to baby bottle tooth decay. This type of decay occurs when infants fall asleep while drinking from a bottle, causing the liquid to pool around the teeth. To prevent this, it is recommended to only fill bottles with water when putting the baby down for a nap.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When should my child start having dental exams?
The ADA recommends that your child should have their first dental appointment when their first tooth erupts and before their first birthday. From that point forward, it is recommended to schedule regular dental exams every six months. Call our office today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment.
What should I expect during an infant dental exam at Carr Pediatric Dentistry?
During an infant dental exam, our dentists will evaluate any erupted teeth, as well as your infant’s gums and bite. They may also check for signs of problems caused by finger or pacifier use. Finally, our dentists will provide you with information and instruction on how to properly care for your infant’s incoming teeth.
How do I care for my infant’s teeth?
Even infants need daily dental care to prevent future dental issues. Before your child’s teeth have even erupted, it is important to gently wipe down their gums after feedings to prevent sugar and bacteria from accumulating in the mouth. As their teeth begin to erupt, you will want to make sure to start brushing these teeth twice a day. Once your child has at least two teeth, you will then need to start flossing between these teeth.