We recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal, and even more importantly so that parents and guardians know how to help their children be healthy from the start.
Guidelines for working with
- parents / guardians are always welcome in the room
- comfort is always our concern
- parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before
We recommend a first checkup by 12 months. A simple guide for when to schedule a first visit:
There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular, checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child's teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.
- no longer than 6 months after first tooth is erupted
- at least by 12 months old
- as soon as possible if you have any querries
Education and prevention are the cornerstones of our concern for the
dental health of children. In addition to teaching parents and guardians
about dental care for their child, checkups are an appropriate time to
comfortably and easily evaluate:
- how many teeth are present
- are all teeth present
- loose teeth if any
- braces / bite evaluation
- cavity check
- check health of gums
- habit evaluation
- fluoride use
- review diet
- address adult's concerns
- teach adults how to care for child's teeth
Baby Bottle Tooth
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Baby Bottle Syndrome, or Nursing Bottle
Mouth are all terms used to describe a dental condition, which involves
the rapid decay of many or all the baby teeth of an infant or child.
The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper front teeth. They are
some of the first teeth to erupt and thus have the longest exposure time
to the sugars in the bottle. The lower front teeth tend to be protected by
the tongue as the child sucks on the nipple of the bottle or the breast.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by frequent exposure of a child’s
teeth for long periods of time to liquid containing sugars. When your baby
falls asleep with:
- a bottle containing formula milk, sweetened milk or juice
- a pacifier dipped in honey
The liquid pools around the front teeth. During sleep, the bacteria
living in every baby’s mouth, turns the milk sugar or other sugars to
acid, which causes the decay.
Parents may not know there is a problem until serious damage has been
- Oral checks should be performed by parents to detect
early signs of the disease.
- Brown spots along the gumline on your child’s teeth are
signs which should alert you.
- If your child prefers soft foods, frowns or cries when
eating cold, sweet, or hard foods, they should be checked for tooth
By the time tooth decay is noticed it may be too late and crowns, pulp
therapy, or even extraction of the decayed teeth may be necessary. As a
result, your child may suffer from long term disorders, which include
speech impediments, possible psychological damage, crooked or crowded
teeth, and poor oral health.
- You can prevent this from happening to your child’s
teeth by learning how to protect them.
- clean your child’s teeth daily
- never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle
filled with juice, milk, or formula (or when awake, sip on it for long
periods of time as a pacifier)
- start bottle weaning by at least a year
- give your child plain water for thirst
- make sure your child gets the fluoride needed to prevent
- have regular dental visits for your child beginning when
their first tooth erupts
Most children begin life with strong, healthy teeth. Help your child’s
teeth stay that way. Your newborn is totally dependent upon you as a
parent. The decisions you make will have a vital effect on your child’s