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Infant Dental Care for Babies & Toddlers in Reno

Infant Oral Care at Toothfairy Pediatric Dental Reno

As a parent, you are the key to good oral health for your baby or toddler. Parents who are knowledgeable about home dental care for their young children are creating the foundation for their children’s oral health. Even before their first teeth emerge, good oral health practices are necessary for healthy gums. To help their children achieve good oral health, parents should take them to an infant dentist specializing in oral dental care for babies and toddlers.

Tooth Fairy Dental is committed to ensuring access to comfortable care for children and families in our community of Reno, Nevada. We accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid, and our staff speaks English and Spanish. Our pediatric dentists care about your child’s health and smile inside and outside of our office. Our team will answer your questions and give support as you raise your child for lifelong healthy smiles.

Start Dentist Visits Early

Don’t wait to take your infant or toddler to an infant dentist. They should visit the dentist for the first time within six months of getting their first tooth. Age one is the absolute oldest age for your child to have their first visit. 

Getting your child to the dentist early in life will reduce any fears or discomfort in seeing a dentist. And it helps the dentist perform the initial exam successfully. It will establish a baseline for your child’s oral health.

Look for an infant dentist specializing in dental care for babies and toddlers. Even though these initial visits for children really focus on educational aspects of your child’s oral health, these visits will have an impact on your child’s path to their future oral health.

How to Care for Your Infant’s Dental Needs at Home

Your baby’s gums can be cleaned gently with a damp cloth. Take a washcloth and dampen it with warm water. Then gently run the cloth around your baby’s gums, cleaning them. This is great to do after feeding.

There are actually “toothbrushes” for infants on the market. They’re soft rubber tubes that can go over the end of your finger. Soft rubber nubs on the exterior of the tube can be used to gently rub the tube around your baby’s gums for cleaning. This may be easier and more sanitary for you to handle than a damp washcloth. 

When a tooth first emerges, you can change up to an appropriately sized toothbrush and gently brush the tooth to prevent plaque build-up. At our office, Your infant dentist can show you the appropriate dental care for babies and toddlers at home.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

My child just got their first tooth! What should I do?

Congratulations, the teething process begins! Most importantly, schedule their first dental appointment. Your infant dentist can advise you on the proper way to care for your child’s new tooth and establish a baseline of oral health. It also helps get your child used to the dentist so they feel comfortable going.

My child just got their first tooth! What should I do?

Congratulations, the teething process begins! Most importantly, schedule their first dental appointment. Your infant dentist can advise you on the proper way to care for your child’s new tooth and establish a baseline of oral health. It also helps get your child used to the dentist so they feel comfortable going.

Does my child need fluoride?

The short answer is yes, fluoride is an essential component of healthy tooth enamel. Depending on your child’s age, be sure they’re getting a source of fluoride, whether that’s from the local drinking water or in their toothpaste.

What are some safe remedies for teething pain?

Always consult with your pediatric infant dentist or doctor before giving any pain remedies to your child. That said, some common remedies include child-safe acetaminophen, gently massaging your child’s gums, frozen beaded necklaces, or frozen teething rings.

What about mouthwash?

Your child may benefit from mouthwash if they’re old enough. If they’re six years old or older, they can attempt to use mouthwash under your supervision. Have them practice swishing without swallowing with water first. Once they reliably understand they have to spit it out, you can try mouthwash.

Preventing Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Going to Kindergarten is a big step in a child’s life, and 2 kids in 5 will go with at least one cavity as they start school. Cavities can appear shortly after the first tooth emerges. Having a tooth with decay at such a young age signals that more cavities will develop over time. 

Your child needs a source of fluoride. It may be in your water source for your home. A fluoridated toothpaste may be the source. Or it may be through professional fluoride treatments from your infant’s dentist. 

Lastly, don’t let your child go to bed with a bottle. This can lead to “baby bottle decay”. When children go to bed with a bottle, the sugars in the formula or milk will stick to their teeth. Without rinsing these sugars from the teeth, cavities and other oral problems are set up to begin.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment

Get your child on the path to lifelong oral health, and make an appointment with us at Tooth Fairy Pediatric Dental. We are a pediatric dental office, specializing in dental care for babies and toddlers. We will show you methods to support good oral health for your child at home.

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