Infant oral exams are important to promote a solid foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Routine preventive dentistry services, such as teeth cleanings, decrease the chances of oral diseases and tooth decay. During your child’s first dental appointment, we can perform certain preventive services to keep the teeth and gums healthy. We can also speak with you regarding emergency dentistry situations and caring for your child’s teeth during these times. Further, we will talk to you about diet, habits and dental hygiene.
What Can I Expect From My Baby’s First Dental Exam?
Your child’s first dental exam will cover an evaluation of the health of their teeth, gums, and jaw, and our pediatric specialists have just the expertise to create trust and calm as your child starts their orthodontic journey.
To maximize your baby’s comfort during a new experience, expect for the exam to be done “knee-to-knee” style. Your child will wrap their legs around your waist, and can then be lowered onto the dentist’s lap. You can hold your child’s hands over their stomach as the dentist then examines your child’s dental health using a mirror and soft toothbrush.
Our pediatric experts will also take this time to ask you questions to guide the child’s dental regimen and upkeep. And, our dentist may also evaluate how pacifier use or thumb sucking is affecting the growth of your child’s baby teeth. You are also welcome to use this time with our specialist to ask questions of your own as well.
If needed, our dentist may recommend a gentle cleaning for your child’s benefit, especially if they are 2 or older. This would cover removing any plaque, tartar, or stains, and polishing baby teeth.
When Should We Schedule My Baby’s Second Exam?
Your child’s second dental exam should be scheduled 6 months after the very first. Should there be an issue we need to monitor, our experts may recommend visits every 3 months so that we can keep your child in the best health possible.
How Can I Care For My Baby’s Dental Health At Home?
- Clean gums with a soft, damp cloth before teeth come in.
- Brush with a very soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste when your child’s very first tooth comes in. After 3 years of age, a child becomes old enough to spit the toothpaste out after brushing. This is a good time to incorporate fluoridated toothpaste.
- Avoid giving your baby any milk, juice, or sweetened drinks right before bedtime or naptime to prevent tooth decay.
- Be mindful of your child’s intake of foods that increase the risk of tooth decay. This includes candy, fruit leather, and sweetened drinks. Fruit is a better choice than juice.
If you want to schedule an infant dental exam or have questions about your baby’s dental health, call our pediatric dental experts at All Kids Dental in Suffolk, VA today!