Newborn Dental Visits

Bringing your baby to the dentist is their first step towards a healthy smile. However, many parents are unsure when to get professional newborn oral care for their child.

Learn more about age one dental visits and how they can set the foundation for a healthier smile. Schedule an appointment now!

Infant at her first pediatric dental appointment receiving care from dr. Mauney

Many parents are unsure of when and where to get professional newborn oral care.

We recommend bringing your baby to a board-certified pediatric dentist like Dr. Chuck and Dr. Nash as soon as their first tooth comes in. If their first birthday arrives before their first tooth erupts, you should bring them in around this 12-month mark.

What to Expect During Baby’s First Dental Visit

We recommend bringing your baby to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. This may be earlier than 12 months.

So, what happens at an age one dental exam? It’s short but informative. Your child will sit in your lap in the dentist’s chair while Dr. Chuck or Dr. Nash and our team examine their teeth to check on their development. We will also clean their mouth and any baby teeth that may be emerging. (It’s very normal for your child to cry or wiggle! Getting a dental exam is a totally new experience. As time goes on, your child will get more comfortable with their pediatric dentist.)

After the exam, Dr. Chuck or Dr. Nash will share best practices for your child’s optimal dental health and answer any lingering questions you might have.

a baby wearing a clifton and mauney pediatric dentistry shirt

What Are Dental Caries?

Dental caries is a common chronic condition that affects more than 50% of children. It is more commonly known as the cause of cavities. Dental caries is caused by bacteria on the teeth, which metabolize sugars left over from food and convert them into acid. This acid demineralizes the enamel, causing cavities and tooth decay.

Dental caries are highly preventable, especially when you bring your infant to the dentist in their first year. Studies show that kids who receive newborn oral care are less likely to develop dental caries later on. Establishing a dental home early on is important so that you and your child have a relationship with your dentist in case they experience dental issues or emergencies.

When Should I Clean My Baby’s Mouth?

The dental hygiene of your little one is essential. It is important to clean their mouth even before their first tooth erupts.

Before their teeth erupt, wipe their gums twice a day with a clean washcloth.

Once the baby’s teeth erupt, you can start brushing them! Using a clean damp toothbrush, gently brush and massage the teeth and gums each night before bed. We recommend using a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste once your child has learned to spit out any excess.

a mom brushing her baby's mouth with a baby finger toothbrush

Benefits of Early Dental Visits

There are many benefits to age one dental visits, including:

The Best Infant Dental Care in Chapel Hill, NC

Taking your child to the dentist in their first year is key to your child’s health! Establishing an early relationship with a pediatric dentist ensures that your kid gets comprehensive and consistent care throughout their childhood.

If you’re in Chapel Hill, NC, Clifton & Mauney is the best place to establish a dental home. Book an appointment today!