Infant Care We’ll Take Care of Hinsdale’s Most Precious Smiles
Baby’s First Checkup
Dr. Mira Albert, Dr. Lynna Gripentrog, and Dr. Andreina Ramones, along with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that your baby should have their first dental checkup as soon as their first tooth erupts, which is normally around 6 months old. If they don’t have any teeth by the time they turn 1, you should still bring them in anyway. During this visit, we’ll introduce your child to everyone in the office so they can get used to their new surroundings. Our staff will then gently clean their mouth and gums and give them a short oral exam while they lay down in your lap. After that, they’ll discuss how you can take care of your child’s teeth as well as what developmental milestones you should look for. By introducing them to dental care early, you’re giving them a strong start on the path to optimum oral health!
Even Babies Get Cavities!
Yes, even babies who barely have any teeth can get cavities. It actually happens quite often. So often, in fact, that it has its own name: Severe-Early Childhood Cavities or more commonly referred to as "baby bottle tooth decay." When a baby’s teeth are exposed to milk, formula, or sugary drinks and high carbohydrate foods for an extended amount of time or very frequently, their teeth can start to decay. Fortunately, Brush Pediatric Dentistry can help you avoid this common problem.
Firstly, make sure not to let your baby sleep with a bottle containing anything other than water in their mouth. White we are huge supporters of breastfeeding per the American Academy of Pediatric Guidelines, we do not recommend ad lib breastfeeding or breastfeeding multiple times during the night in healthy children. This frequent exposure of carbohydrates and natural sugars can lead to dental decay. Despite how healthy juices may seem, they are simply packed with sugar and acid and should be avoided for daily use. Use only water in the bottle or sippy cup between meals and at night.
Another way you can protect their teeth is by gently cleaning them twice per day. You can use a smear of Fluoride containing toothpaste in children who cannot spit, and a pea-sized amount in children who can spit, on a soft bristled toothbrush to softly clean their gums, teeth, and tongue. With these simple tips, your baby will have no problem showing off their infectious smile!