Do Babies Need Dental Care?

Preventive Care for BabiesDid you know that even before a baby’s teeth first tooth erupts, it is still important to provide the child with regular dental care at-home? Dental appointments are also important, even for toddlers. That is because even babies are susceptible to dental problems, such as a condition called baby bottle tooth decay. To help keep your child’s mouth healthy, there are some simple steps you can and should take to help prevent decay and other oral health threats that could negatively impact your child’s smile.

How Can You Care for Your Kids’ Baby Teeth?

The cause of baby bottle tooth decay is too much sugar on the surface of the baby’s gums. To help prevent this, you can use a clean but damp cloth to gently wipe the gums clean after feedings.

It is also important, though, to only put your child to bed with water, and never milk or formula, as prolonged exposure to milk can contribute to decay.

When Should a Child Visit the Dentist?

While it might be tempting to wait to schedule your child’s first dental appointment until several of his or her teeth are already visible, this is not advisable. Instead, most pediatric dentists agree that you should schedule your child’s first checkup shortly before the first birthday.

That is because preventive care, like checkups and cleanings, can help ensure your child enjoys good oral health, and properly avoids dental problems like decay. After age one, most kids need to visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings, though some kids are particularly prone to cavities, and may require more frequent visits to adequately protect against cavities and other problems.

Call Our Dental Office in Norridge, IL, Today!

At our office, we believe that every patient deserves our complete and undivided attention every time they visit us. To us, customized dental care is about more than the treatment you receive, it also includes the time we take to get to know you personally. Your smile is unique, as are your dental health concerns, and we’ll strive to create a long-term dental care plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Elizabeth Mischenko, call our dental office in Norridge, IL, today at 708-453-5320. We have flexible office hours, including evenings, and we always have someone available to answer the phone!

A healthy smile can mean improved overall health as well. We understand how your oral health connects to the rest of you, and strive to offer a variety of dental treatments. Working with our team, Dr. Mischenko can help you enjoy a more beautiful and healthy smile. Whether you need preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry, we can offer a conservative and personalized approach to dental care.