Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry Joi Shaw Morrison, DMD, MSD
3939 Washington Ave,
Suite 240
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-PEDO (7336)

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Infant Oral Health Care

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age.  The AAPD recommends you’re your child have his/her first dental visit by 12 months of age or within 6 months of erupting their first tooth (whichever occurs first).  Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.  Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.

The Dental Home is intended to provide a place other than the Emergency Room for parents.

One may ask why their child needs to see the dentist so early.  The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program.  Dental problems can begin early.  A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (formerly known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing bottle caries).  Once a child’s diet includes anything besides breast-milk, erupted teeth are at risk for dental caries “cavities.”  The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems.  Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence.  Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive.  If your child is old enough, he/she should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The “fuss” concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, blood, pain or hurt. Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

 

 


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