Early Infant Oral Care
Complete oral care for babies and toddlers
Your baby’s first tooth is an exciting first step, but it can also lead to an increasingly fussy baby. Teeth can be a painful experience for infants as the primary teeth cut through the jawline. Other common side effects of teething include runny noses and picky eating habits.
Caring for your little ones can require a few simple techniques in addition to your love and care. Teething rings and other oral devices can help reduce pain and also helps calm them when teething is at its worst.
Occasionally, baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be recommended to help reduce pain. However, before administering any pain reliever it is important to check with your pediatrician or the dentists at Taylorsville Pediatric Dentistry.
Teething lasts usually between the first six and thirty-six months of life. Typically, you will notice the following teeth pushing through the gum lines during the following times:
- Central incisors: 6–12 months
- Lateral incisors: 9–16 months
- First molars: 13–19 months
- Canine teeth: 16–23 months
- Second molars: 22–33 months
If your child is experiencing constant pain call our offices immediately. Our friendly dentists are here for you.
Getting ready for their first dental appointments
Typically, you will be looking forward to scheduling your child’s first dental exam between ages three and four. By this time, your child should have developed all their primary teeth. During their first visit to Taylorsville Pediatric Dentistry, our dental staff will teach your children proper brushing and flossing techniques.
It is also not uncommon for your child to need cavity fillings during this time as well because of their smaller size and temporary nature – primary teeth are more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay than permanent teeth. They are also more vulnerable to damage from pacifiers and sugary food and drinks.
Sometimes crowns may be required to prevent us from having to remove the tooth in its entirety.
At Taylorsville Pediatric Dentistry we provide a complete array of dental services for your child, including:
- Minor dental trauma
- Composite fillings
- Habit (thumb sucking) appliances
- Nitrous oxide administration
- Oral sedation
- Baby root canals
Stop thumb sucking today!
Excessive thumb sucking and binkie usage can cause damage to your child’s developing teeth, as well as cause problems with misaligning teeth. For most kids, this is a phase in which they will outgrow. But if your child does not, ask our specialists. We might be able to recommend comfortable mouth guards which can help deter thumb sucking and break binkie usage for good.