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You and Your Baby

First Visit Preparation for Infants

Kids First-042The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend establishing a dental home for your child by age one.

We want to be your partner in taking care of your baby’s smile and we would love to see your baby when those first teeth show up. We recommend scheduling a first visit at age 1 or when your baby has eight baby teeth.

Your baby’s first visit to Kids First Dentistry will be a comprehensive infant visit. We will discuss nutrition, what to expect when the baby is teething, and eruption patterns. We will show you how to start taking care of those precious new teeth starting with special tooth wipes and working our way up to infant safety toothbrushes.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your baby and to establishing a fun and happy dental home for your new family.

Birth to One Year Dental Care

Birth to six months of age:Kids First-087

  • Clean your infant’s mouth with gauze or use a soft infant toothbrush after feedings and at bedtime.
  • If breastfeeding, wipe your baby’s mouth as soon as the baby is done.

Six to 12 months of age:

  • During this time, the first tooth should appear and you should visit your pediatric dentist to establish your baby’s dental home.
  • Consult your child’s pediatric dentist regarding fluoride supplements.
  • Brush teeth after each feeding and at bedtime with a small infant safety brush.
  • Do not be discouraged if your baby cries or fights you. It is important to establish a tooth-brushing routine early on. Your baby’s healthy smile will be worth the fuss.
  • As your child begins to walk, be on the lookout for falls and stumbles. If your baby has a fall refer to our emergency information.

Bottle-feeding:

  • Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle or a sippy cup. If you must let your baby have a bottle at night, only fill it with water. Wean your child from the bottle by his or her first birthday.

Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers

Sucking a thumb, finger, or pacifier is a perfectly normal reflex for infants. It makes them feel happy and secure and it is a source of comfort in unfamiliar situations. Most children give up this habit between the ages of two and four. If the habit continues past the age of four it can interfere with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. If your child has not given the habit up by age four, we will discuss all various options with you and help him or her break the habit.