Early Dental Checkups for a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
If you’re wondering when you should bring your child in for an infant oral dentist exam in Kansas City, Liberty, and Raymore, MO, we have answers for you. By taking preventive measures and bringing your child to our pediatric dentist for an early evaluation, you can help protect their dental health for a lifetime.
What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists have additional specialized dental training to keep children’s needs in mind. We can all relate to fears of seeing a dentist — but imagine a dental exam from your child’s perspective! We believe that tiny mouths deserve tiny tools and gentle treatment.
When Your Child Should See a Pediatric Dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics, both recommend that the first dental visit should take place by the time your infant is one year old, or once their first tooth has erupted, whichever takes place first.
A baby can still get food particles trapped between their teeth and gums just like an adult — with similar results over time if they don’t get special care. Prevention is the first line of defense when it comes to a healthy mouth.
During an infant dental exam, we will consider how they are feeding, check if they are getting fluoride in their water, and track their thumb-sucking to ensure it doesn’t persist and cause dental problems. We will also check for tooth decay and proper development of their teeth, jaw, and airways.
The Cost of Pediatric Dentistry
Bringing your infant to a pediatric dentist typically does not cost you any more money than if you brought them to a general dentist. In fact, you will most likely save money, as your child will suffer from fewer cavities and require less dental work in both the short and long term.