Regardless of the age of your baby when teeth start to show, infant dental care is important for the future oral health of your child. If your child has had a tooth for six months or if your child is a year old, it’s time to see the dentist!
Why Does My Baby Need to See a Dentist?
Your child’s teeth, baby and adult, are right in the middle of development. When you bring your child to Joplin Children’s Dentistry, our dentist examines your child’s complete oral health.
We care about you and your child, and we want you both to have a positive experience with a pediatric dentist. Consider the following steps when caring for your baby’s oral health:
- Make an appointment for your child’s first exam following the appearance of the first tooth.
- During your child’s first year, use a soft, damp cloth or gauze to clean your child’s gums both morning and night. You can wrap the cloth around your finger for easy, gentle cleaning.
- When the first tooth erupts, use an infant toothbrush and a fluoride-free toothpaste to start cleaning your child’s teeth.
Getting into the habit of caring for your baby’s teeth now can protect those precious smiles for years to come.
Your Child’s First Visit
When you bring your child to Joplin Children’s Dentistry, we do everything we can to prevent future dental problems. During the exam, we look for issues that may cause problems down the road using anticipatory guidance and addressing any immediate concerns. We also talk to you about dental education and the importance of routine visits.
Basic Infant Dental Care
Any time you have a question about infant dental care, feel free to give us a call. You can also refer to the following guidelines:
- Bottle Feeding. Keeping the bottles and all their working parts clean is essential for oral health. You should also refrain from giving your child a bottle at night, as problems with tooth decay can start developing early on.
- Pacifiers. Find a pacifier that is well-ventilated, and make sure it is the right size for your child.
- Teething. We know teething can be difficult for both parent and child. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever or a teething ring that has been kept in the refrigerator.
Call Us Today!
Are you looking for a friendly, caring dental team for your baby? Call us today! We can schedule your child’s first visit or answer any questions you have about our dentists and staff.