Summerlin Pediatric Dentistry

Ashley E. Hoban, DMDNV Specialty License S6-105
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Early Infant Hygiene

“First visit by first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between 6 and 12 months of age. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.  A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (formerly known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries).  Once a child’s diet includes anything besides breast-milk, erupted teeth are at risk for decay. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing cavities. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence.  By bringing your child in as a baby, you are setting the foundation for a lifetime of good dental habits.

At-will breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced.  Children should not fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water.  Children should be weaned from a bottle by 12-14 months of age.  Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Fruit juice should only be offered in a cup with a meal or at snack time.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Hoban recommend that children have only 4 ounces of juice per day.

Starting at birth, you should clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily.


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