Infant Dentistry

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Your Baby's New Teeth

The primary, or “baby,” teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent (secondary) teeth into place when they replace the primary teeth from around age 6 until about age 12.

Primary teeth are important for several reasons. Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable. Primary teeth also guide eruption of the permanent teeth. How we care for a child's first teeth is a strong predictor of their dental health as an adult.

Since primary teeth guide the permanent teeth into place, infants with missing primary teeth or infants who prematurely lose primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to hold the natural space open. Without a maintainer, the teeth can tilt toward the empty space and cause permanent teeth to come in crooked. Missing teeth should always be mentioned to your pediatric dentist. The way your child cares for his/her primary teeth plays a critical role in how he/she treats the permanent teeth. Children and adults are equally susceptible to plaque and gum problems—hence, the need for regular care and dental checkups.
 

 

FACT FISH: Most cavities in five-year-old children occur before the age of three.

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A Child’s First Dental Visit

A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled shortly after the first tooth erupts, or around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a pediatric dentist and staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put your child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, we allow your child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
 

What We Do

  • Your first appointment is vital to your infant’s dental care. We will perform a comprehensive examination and work with you to create a treatment plan for your little one.

  • We make certain your infant is always comfortable. As a pediatric dentist, it is important to us to make sure your infant’s earliest experiences at the dentist are positive, so they are not hesitant to go when they get older.

  • Our services don’t stop once you leave the office. If you have any questions about your infant’s care, we are always here to help.

 
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