Baby’s First Visit

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To prevent dental problems and learn how to care for your baby’s teeth, we recommend that you visit our office when the first tooth erupts or no later than your baby’s first birthday.

We specialize in infant oral health exams and parent education. We have found that when a parent begins to take care of their child’s teeth early, they have fewer cavities and are more cooperative for tooth brushing and flossing.

Baby teeth are needed for proper chewing, learning to talk, developing jaw muscles and good self image.

Cavities in very young children cause pain and can lead to infection. Taking care of your baby’s teeth can prevent severe tooth decay, encourage proper nutrition and ensure a future of healthy permanent teeth.

We recommend that both mom and dad come to their BABY’S first visit.

This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your baby. The doctor will examine his/her teeth, check for decay, make sure teeth are coming in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases and determine proper jaw development.

There will be plenty of valuable information given to the family about how to brush baby’s teeth when they wiggle, nutrition and how it relates to the growth of the teeth, brain and body, and what to expect during teething. We will be able to answer all of your questions and help you and your baby become comfortable with dentistry and our office.

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During this appointment you will learn how to effectively clean your baby’s teeth starting with the use of gauze or a washcloth when the first tooth appears and the correct way to use an infant safety toothbrush. Toothbrush sizes and styles can vary. We will help you determine what products are right for your baby. We will inform you when you should start using fluoridated toothpaste or if your child can benefit from other sources of fluoride.

Toddlers are very active, especially when learning how to walk. We know you will appreciate learning what to look for and what to do if an injury to the mouth or teeth occurs.

Many parents are often concerned about thumb and pacifier habits and if they can cause long term damage. We can offer some strategies on how to stop these habits and inform you about the problems that can arise with prolonged sucking behaviors.

Doctors giving baby its first checkup

We are looking forward to meeting your family and are excited that you are proactive in the health and dental care of your baby. Our dental team will join you in creating a safe, positive and loving environment while meeting the needs of your special little one.

We schedule field trips to our office for preschool classes and parent groups. Please refer to Group Office Tours on our website by clicking here.