Our pediatric dentists here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics strongly recommend that parents bring in their infants by six months of age which is around the time the first “baby” tooth emerges from the gums.
When first starting out with a brand-new baby as our pediatric patient, our top goal is helping them establish a dental home here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics where they can feel comfortable and at ease. Far too many pediatric patients grow up with a fear of the dentist that’s engrained from a young age, resulting in missed dental appointments and serious oral health problems down the road that could have been caught earlier. We hope to prevent this by forming a trusting and safe relationship with your infant right away so that they know that regular dental care is nothing to worry about.
Many parents incorrectly assume that’s there no need for oral hygiene at home until their infant child actually has teeth – but this isn’t true! Our pediatric dentists and orthodontists recommend that you clean your infant’s mouth and gums with a soft washcloth after every feeding. Then, when teeth start to make an appearance, use a toothbrush designed for infants and gently clean them twice each day. Also, be sure to not let them go to sleep with a bottle, as this can leave their developing smile exposed to bacterial acids for hours at a time. We’re happy to show you how this should be done when you bring your toddler into our Dallas, TX office for an appointment.
During these early visits to our pediatric dentists in Dallas, our team will focus first and foremost on helping your infant feel right at home with us here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. We’ll introduce them to the sights and sounds of our Dallas office, as well as all the friendly faces of our pediatric dentists they’ll see here on a regular basis. Contact us or come into our office so we can answer any questions you have about infant oral hygiene and tooth decay, and we’ll perform a risk assessment as well. Our dentists will lift the baby’s lips and look closely at the soft tissue and any emerging primary teeth for signs of trouble.
Our Dallas office offers several services that are perfect for tiny infant smiles! Our pediatric dentists will support your infant’s growing teeth and gums with quality care that guides them on the right path towards lifelong oral health. To learn more about these important services, keep reading below:
At Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we want to protect your infant from as many future dental problems as we possibly can, which is why we’ll assess their personal risk for developing tooth decay at a very early age. Our pediatric dentists will also provide parents with plenty of guidance on how to care for their infant’s developing oral health, giving detailed instructions on diet, fluoride exposure, and more that you can put into practice at home. We’ll want to see your infant here at our Dallas office periodically before regular checkups start to continue this important process!
It isn’t hard to tell when your baby starts experiencing teething. They’re likely to sleep less and become more irritable as their primary teeth start pressing up through the gum line. Please let our pediatric dentists at our Dallas office know if you need tips on how to soothe your infant and make the process more comfortable for the whole family. Gently rubbing the gums, teething rings, moist gauze pads, and pacifiers are all possible salves that can be a big help over time.
Fluoride is a very valuable mineral that can be found in most community water supplies, as well as various oral health products. This is because safe exposure to fluoride has been proven through research to have positive effects on growing smiles, helping teeth become stronger and less prone to decay. If your infant needs an extra supplement of fluoride to start reaping these benefits, we can provide this during regular visits to our Dallas, TX office.
Sucking fingers and thumbs is a natural reflex for infants, and they’re likely continue doing this over time because it makes them feel safe and happy. What parents don’t often know is that this can actually cause damage to the position of the jaw over time if it continues into early childhood. Our pediatric dentists here at Lakewood Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are happy to answer any questions you may have about this habit and offer tips as well for how to motivate your infant to grow out of it. It’s important to approach this issue at a low-stress time and also use positive reinforcement to make sure the change sticks!
From infancy, children may end up with one or more bands of oral tissue that connect to the lips, cheeks, or floor of their mouth. These attachments (also known as “frenum”) can interfere with their dental health and cause discomfort and aesthetic problems as well. Thankfully, our Dallas pediatric dentists can perform oral surgery in order to correct this issue. A frenectomy is a minor procedure where we’ll either loosen or remove the frenum; this typically only takes half an hour at most. If the tissue is too thick, though, a frenuloplasty can be performed instead by surgically repositioning the tissue.