Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Care for your baby

Q When should my child first see a dentist?
A Pediatric health care providers now suggest baby’s first visit by their first birthday. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist no later than six months after the arrival of their first baby tooth. Learning about healthy nursing and feeding habits along with early examinations and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Q Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?
A Dental problems in the form of early childhood cavities or baby bottle tooth decay/nursing caries can begin in the first years of life. Timely first dental visits enable the application of health promotion and disease prevention practices to benefit your child.
Q When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth?
A Starting at birth, you can clean your baby’s gums using a wet soft-bristled infant toothbrush, a cotton finger cloth or baby washcloth. At first, dental home care can begin on the changing table prior to diaper changes. Be creative, use games, music and singing but be persistent. A thorough cleaning prior to bedtime is essential each day.
Q Any advice on teething?
A Your child’s gums may be sore when teeth typically erupt between ages six months to three years. Infants can be soothed by massaging their gums with a clean finger. Many children will respond to a clean teething ring, cool spoon or cold wet washcloth.
Q When should bottle feeding be stopped?
A Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age and transitioned to using a cup. Always avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle containing anything other than water.