The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking children to the dentist for their first check-up by their first birthday. By getting your child into a dental routine early on, you can help them develop healthy oral care habits that will propel them forward with confidence. It’s important to find a dentist that has your best interests in mind.
Josh Morales, DDS, is a board certified pediatric dentist who is gentle and understanding when working with children, and takes the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have. The team of experts at Mor Smiles 4 Kids in Montgomery, Texas will walk with you through your child’s oral health journey to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles. Call now to schedule an appointment for your infant, or book online using the convenient scheduling portal.
Infant dentistry is a facet of pediatric dentistry that is focused on the oral health of infants within their first year of life. Though many infants don’t have teeth, regularly cleaning and monitoring their gum health is important. It is also important to have growth and development assessed by Dr. Morales at an early age. Additionally, some babies can have teeth upon birth or struggle with feeding due to tongue or lip ties, which makes early assessment very important.
When you take your baby to the dentist to receive infant dentistry services, you might notice the following:
The Mor Smiles 4 Kids experts also help you learn effective strategies as a parent to care for your infant’s teeth and gums at home. They may recommend cleaning your infant’s gums between feedings with a soft-bristled brush, warm cloth, or baby teething wipes.
Even if your baby’s first tooth hasn’t come in just yet, you should begin brushing their mouth using a soft-bristled infant toothbrush and water. Once their teeth begin to erupt, you can begin using a small, rice-sized bit of fluoridated toothpaste. Choose a baby toothbrush with a large handle and small tip to provide the gentlest care for your child’s growing smile.
Additionally, it is important that parents help their children brush until they develop the dexterity to brush their own teeth. Most children are ready to take over brushing by the age of 8.
If your infant or child is experiencing toothaches, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Morales immediately. The sooner you’re able to visit the dentist, the less likely your child may develop complications, like an infection.
Dr. Morales and the Mor Smiles 4 Kids experts may also recommend rinsing your child’s mouth with warm salt water and using a cold compress to relieve potential swelling. Children’s Tylenol® or Motrin can safely minimize pain before your dentist appointment.
Call the Montgomery, Texas, office today to schedule an appointment for your infant or book online through the reservation system.