Seeing a dentist from a very young age allows your child to become more familiar with the process, allows them to get personalized care, and helps encourage a better attitude toward dentistry as your child ages and grows. At Kids Tooth Team, provides gentle pediatric care for kids of all ages, including infants. Contact us for a consultation today.
Bringing an infant to the dentist may seem strange, since infant children typically don’t have most of their teeth. But did you know that the recommends that infants see the dentist when they turn 1, or whenever they get their first tooth?
At Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex can provide gentle care for young kids. With a “lap exam,” you’ll hold your infant child on your lap as Dr. Alex cleans their teeth and gums and assesses their oral health.
After your child’s consultation, you can discuss your child’s oral health with Dr. Alex, ask any questions you may have about their oral development, and get all the information you need to care for their smile as they grow.
Most infants begin to get their first tooth around 6 months of age, though it may take longer for some kids. Common signs of teething include irritability, disrupted sleep, inflammation and swelling of the gums, drooling, and a rash around the mouth.
You don’t need to do anything special to deal with teething. If your child is very uncomfortable and cranky, you can soothe their gums by rubbing them with a clean finger or cold washcloth, or rubbing a cold spoon on their gums.
Teething rings, which are usually made of soft silicone, can also allow your child to bite and put pressure on their teeth and gums, which helps with the discomfort of teething.