When Should My Infant See The Dentist?
Bringing an infant to the dentist may seem strange since infant children typically don’t have most of their teeth. But did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that infants see the dentist when they turn 1, or whenever they get their first tooth?
At Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex can provide gentle care for young kids. With a “lap exam,” you’ll hold your infant child on your lap as Dr. Alex cleans their teeth and gums and assesses their oral health.
After your child’s consultation, you can discuss your child’s oral health with Dr. Alex, ask any questions you may have about their oral development, and get all the information you need to care for their smile as they grow.
Signs Of Teething & What You Should Do
Most infants begin to get their first tooth around 6 months of age, though it may take longer for some kids. Common signs of teething include irritability, disrupted sleep, inflammation and swelling of the gums, drooling, and a rash around the mouth.
You don’t need to do anything special to deal with teething. If your child is very uncomfortable and cranky, you can soothe their gums by rubbing them with a clean finger or cold washcloth, or rubbing a cold spoon on their gums.
Teething rings, which are usually made of soft silicone, can also allow your child to bite and put pressure on their teeth and gums, which helps with the discomfort of teething.
We love welcoming new folks ‘round these parts. If you’re planning your first visit, be sure to take advantage of our new patient special. With a free second opinion consultation, we’ll make sure your little one gets started off on the right foot at our office.
Caring For Your Infant’s Teeth & Gums
When your child doesn’t have any teeth, you simply need to wipe their gums with a clean washcloth after they feed. Once your child gets their first tooth, you should clean it with a grain-of-rice-sized dab of toothpaste on a soft-bristled baby toothbrush, and continue to do so as their other teeth emerge.
You should brush your infant’s teeth and gums at least twice per day, ideally once in the morning and once at night after their final feeding. This is the best way to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Avoiding Problems With Infant Teeth & Gums
As long as you maintain proper at-home oral care, feed your infant a healthy diet, and see Dr. Alexandra Otto for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam, you will be able to avoid common problems like tooth decay and plaque buildup on the gums.
So make sure to follow Dr. Alex’s instructions to care for your child’s mouth, and be consistent about oral care for your infant as they grow.
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