Early Infant Oral Care
Helping them through this time requires only a few simple techniques in addition to your love and care. You can often find specialized chewing rings for your child in the infant’s section of most stores as well as a topical ointment that can be used to minimize pain and discomfort.
Teething usually extends from approximately six months to three years of life. Typically, the front incisors cause the most discomfort while your child may not notice their molars coming in.
Look at our handy chart to know when your child will be getting their next teeth.
- Central incisors: 6–12 months
- Lateral incisors: 9–16 months
- First molars: 13–19 months
- Canine teeth: 16–23 months
- Second molars: 22–33 months
If your child is in constant pain, call us immediately! There may be more going on than just a new tooth. Our friendly and compassionate dentists are here for you.
Preparing for your child’s first appointment
Another important first is your child’s first dental appointment. Typically, we recommend they make their first visit to us between the ages of three and four. By that time, they will have developed all their primary teeth.
We will check the development of their teeth, teach them important brushing and flossing techniques. Our goal is to get them excited about brushing so they can develop the foundation for healthy dental care from a young age.
Primary teeth are susceptible to cavities because of their small size and temporary nature. That is why it is important to minimize the sugar intake to preserve their teeth as much as possible until their adult teeth can take their place.
Stop thumb sucking in its tracks.
One challenge toddlers and young children face is prolonged use of thumb sucking and binkie use. While generally harmless in the first few months of life, it can lead to teeth developing crookedly as well as an increased risk of cavities. If your child is refusing to stop using their binkie or sucking on their thumb, we offer specialized mouth guards that can help kick that habit fast.
Total Dental Services
We strive to be your first choice for pediatric dental care, and we provide a complete array of services when you need them most including:
- Minor dental trauma
- Composite fillings
- Habit (thumb sucking) appliances
- Nitrous oxide administration
- Oral sedation
- Baby root canals