Infant Oral Health
Pediatric Dentist in Midlothian
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush with water to gently brush your baby’s gums starting from birth. This starts healthy habits before teeth even begin to erupt, in most cases. Once teeth begin to grow, brushing becomes an important factor in preventing tooth decay.
We encourage you to make your baby’s first appointment once the first tooth erupts. This starts your baby with a positive dental care experience and allows Dr. Patel to monitor tooth growth and ensure healthy teeth from the very beginning.
Infants often suck a finger or thumb or a pacifier. Generally, they will stop on their own between the ages of two and three. Positive reinforcement can help ensure this sucking habit is broken. Sucking a finger, thumb, or pacifier after age three can cause developmental delays or issues in the front teeth or upper jaw. If your child is reluctant to break the habit, talk with Dr. Patel.