Plan your first dental visit when the first teeth erupt into the mouth.
Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Dental Association, we recommend children should receive oral health risk assessments every six months beginning at the age of 1. We believe it is important to plan your first visit as soon as the first teeth erupt into the mouth.
We are specially trained to detect Early Childhood Caries
Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle tooth decay) is caused when the teeth of an infant are frequently exposed to liquids containing sugar including milk, formula, juices, sodas energy drinks and teas throughout the day. There is significant risk of tooth decay from using a bottle when sleeping or when nursing occurs continuously. When an infant is allowed to fall asleep with a bottle, liquids collect around the teeth. The sugars in the liquids feed the bacteria in an infant’s mouth and the bacteria cause tooth decay.
To help prevent Early Childhood Caries, encourage your child to:
- Drink water following the bottle or nursing
- Drink from a cup
- Wean from the bottle by age one
Our pediatric dentistry team is specially trained to provide dental care to infants. Call to schedule an appointment now!