Infant Oral Health

Why are “baby”/primary teeth important?

  • Hold space for permanent teeth
  • Allow your child to chew and speak properly
  • Infections in baby teeth do spread throughout the body, making your child feel tired, run a fever, etc.
  • Tooth pain can prevent your child from going to school or enjoying day-to-day activities

When Should I take my child to the dentist?

  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentist recommend that a child visits the dentist 6 months after their first tooth comes in or by the age of one
  • Dental decay or cavities are an infectious disease that can be transmitted from caregiver to infant. Dental decay is an infectious transmissible disease. The bacteria from your mouth can be transmitted to your child’s mouth.  Avoid testing the temperature of the bottle with your mouth, sharing utensils (e.g. spoons), or cleaning a pacifier or a bottle nipple by putting it in your mouth and then into your child’s mouth.