Schedule an infant dental exam in Greensboro, NC
Watching your baby grow and learn is one of the most joyful parts of parenting, and each milestone feels like a celebration. Baby’s first tooth is no different, and this milestone should coincide with their first trip to the dentist. Dr. Isharani is a board-certified pediatric dentist committed to nurturing healthy young smiles. Contact Triad Pediatric Dentistry in Greensboro, NC, for an infant dental exam as soon as your baby has their first tooth, or around their first birthday.
Preventing tooth decay in babies
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth. When they feed on sugars and starches, they create an acidic environment that attacks your tooth enamel. These bacteria are often passed to children from their parents’ salvia, usually by sharing food and utensils. You can reduce their risk of cavities by giving them their own cups, utensils, and food.
Sugary drinks, like juice, are another common cause of tooth decay, especially if they use a sippy cup or bottle. A regular cup will prevent liquids from gathering around the teeth and allow them to enjoy an occasional juice without as much risk. Still, it is essential to clean their teeth after they eat and drink. For infants, you can use a warm, wet towel to wipe their gums and teeth to prevent bacteria from forming plaque and make sure they drink plenty of water to keep their mouths clean and their bodies hydrated.
Dental exams are essential for prevention
No matter how well you take care of baby’s teeth, they still need to visit the dentist for routine exams. These early trips help your child feel comfortable with the dentist, and they provide an opportunity for you and your child to learn about how to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
Dr. Isharani will examine in your child’s mouth from the comfort of your lap. She will keep an eye out for problems that can develop and give you advice on how to comfort baby with teething issues as they grow. If necessary, she will provide cleaning and treatment for any problems. A common area of concern is the effect of pacifiers and thumb sucking on development.
These appointments work best when your baby is happy, and you should aim to schedule them during a part of the day that is convenient for both you and your baby’s schedule. Contact our office in Greensboro, NC, today at (336) 804-8668 to schedule an appointment.