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Early Care for Optimal Health

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Infants and toddlers can benefit from early oral exams and cleanings to keep their mouths healthy.

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Regular dental visits from a young age will familiarize your child with the process of going to the dentist.

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Dr. Brock is a board certified pediatric dentist and can treat children of all ages.

The team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry focuses on your child’s comfort throughout their entire appointment.

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When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin visiting the dentist at one year old or whenever their first tooth erupts (whichever comes first). By coming to the same office for routine visits from a young age, your child will become comfortable with Dr. Brock and the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry. They will become familiarized with the process of a dental appointment and they will feel comfortable in their "dental home". In turn, this will help them feel less anxious and fearful when they come in for future cleanings and exams as they grow older.

Early, routine visits with Dr. Brock will also ensure that your child’s emerging teeth are healthy, properly positioned, and free of decay. Dr. Brock will track the eruption and emergence of your child’s teeth over time and make sure that their oral development is on track. As you and your child will form a real relationship with the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, we will learn about your child’s unique oral health challenges and provide you with the care and attention you need to keep their mouth healthy.

How Do I Care For My Infant’s Baby Teeth?

Even before your infant’s first tooth comes in, it’s important to clean their gums with gauze or a clean washcloth after nursing or bottle feeding. You can continue to do this until several of their baby teeth erupt.

Once they have some of their baby teeth, switch to using a small, soft baby toothbrush and water. When your child is between 1-2 years old, the AAPD recommends using a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice. Brush each of their erupted teeth thoroughly, cleaning the front, top, and rear surfaces. When your child has most or all of their baby teeth (usually around the age of 3), start flossing them once per day.

How Can I Prevent Infant Tooth Decay?

Proper brushing is the most important step, along with regular visits to Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry every six months. Infants in particular are highly susceptible to a dental issue called “bottle mouth” (also known as “baby bottle tooth decay”). This condition can occur if you let your infant sleep with a bottle of formula or milk, or if they feed regularly in small amounts from a bottle. The prolonged presence of sugar from the formula, milk, or breast milk in the bottle can lead to decay. 

To avoid this, always supervise your child during bottle feeding, and try to avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle. Also try not to use their bottle as a pacifier and encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday.

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