Here at Park Place we follow the AAPD recommendations that states that children should have their first dental checkup 6 months after the first baby tooth emerges or by their first birthday. The earlier we can meet your son or daughter and get them used to our practice, the better chances are that they’ll develop a positive relationship with oral health care from a very young age! To schedule a first visit, please contact our Arlington, TX office today.
When first starting out with a brand-new baby as our patient, our top goal is helping them establish a dental home where they can feel comfortable and at ease. Far too many patients grow up with a fear of the dentist that’s engrained from a young age, resulting in missed dental appointments and serious oral health problems down the road that could have been caught earlier. We hope to prevent this by forming a trusting and safe relationship with your loved one right away so that they know that regular dental care is nothing to worry about.
Many parents incorrectly assume that’s there no need for oral hygiene at home until their child actually has teeth – but this isn’t true! We recommend that you clean your infant’s mouth and gums with a soft washcloth after every feeding. Then, when teeth start to make an appearance, use a toothbrush designed for babies and gently clean them twice each day. Also, be sure to not let them go to sleep with a bottle, as this can leave their developing smile exposed to bacterial acids for hours at a time.
During these early visits to the dentist, our team will focus first and foremost on helping your son or daughter feel right at home with us. We’ll introduce them to the sights and sounds of the office, as well as all the friendly faces they’ll see here on a regular basis. Another primary focus for Dr. Ferguson is to provide an abundance of educational information and preventive care in hopes that her little patients will be cavity-free for years to come. She will also perform a knee to knee exam to make sure your little one is right on track dentally. She will brush their teeth and apply a fluoride application as well. All of these procedures will be performed in our very own baby room that is specially equipped with our very smallest children in mind. We can answer any questions the parents have about oral hygiene and tooth decay, and we’ll perform a risk assessment as well.
We offer several services that are perfect for tiny infant smiles! Our dentists will support your child’s growing teeth and gums with quality care that guides them on the right path towards lifelong oral health. To learn more about these important services, keep reading below:
We want to protect your infant from as many future dental problems as we possibly can, which is why we’ll assess their personal risk for developing tooth decay right away. Our pediatric dentists provide parents with guidance on how to care for their infant’s developing oral health, giving detailed instructions on teething, fluoride exposure, non-nutritive habits, and dental practices that can be put into place at home:
It isn’t hard to tell when your baby starts experiencing teething. They’re likely to sleep less and become more irritable as their primary teeth start pressing up through the gum line. Please let our dentists know if you need tips on how to soothe your infant and make the process more comfortable for the whole family. Gently rubbing the gums, teething rings, moist gauze pads, and pacifiers are all possible aids that can be a big help over time.
Fluoride is a very valuable mineral that can be found in most community water supplies, as well as various oral health products. Safe exposure to fluoride has been proven to have positive effects on growing smiles, helping teeth become stronger and less prone to decay. If your infant needs an extra supplement of fluoride to start receiving these benefits, we can provide this during their first visit to our Arlington office!
Sucking fingers and thumbs is a natural reflex for infants, providing them with a level of safety and comfort. Aside from aiding in your child’s comfortability, thumb-sucking can actually cause damage to the position of their jaw if it continues into early childhood. Our pediatric dentists here at Park Place Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will help answer any questions you have about extended thumb-sucking, as well as offer tips for motivating your infant to grow out of it.
During infancy, your child may end up with one or more bands of oral tissue that connects to the lips, cheeks, or floor of their mouth. These attachments – also known as Frenum – can interfere with their dental health, cause discomfort, as well cause aesthetic problems.