A lifetime of healthy smiles starts with oral health care in infancy. At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our pediatric dentists offer infant oral health care to ensure your child’s smile stays healthy and beautiful throughout childhood and adolescence.
Our pediatric dentists specialize in providing age-appropriate dentistry for children at every stage of their dental development, beginning in infancy. We suggest infants have a dental exam after their first teeth start to emerge or by their first birthday, whichever occurs first.
Why Infant Oral Health Care Is Important
Visiting the dentist at a young age helps us build rapport with your child and provide them with a positive experience––this also reduces dental fear and anxiety as they get older!
Infant oral health care and routine visits allow us to do the following:
- Monitor your child’s oral health and development
- Provide preventive care to protect their smiles from cavities and disease
- Review your child's oral hygiene routine
- Review your child's diet and nutrition
- Discuss behaviors, such as thumb-sucking and pacifier use
- Develop individualized prevention and treatment plans
- Discuss what to expect as your child grows
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We understand children and parents may be nervous about visiting the dentist. That’s why we create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere where you and your child can feel comfortable and right at home. We also invite parents to sit with their children during examinations and encourage asking questions about their child’s oral health and wellness.
We conduct exams in a knee-to-knee position for infants and toddlers, so your child lies down safely in your lap facing you, and Dr. Katie Nordeen or Dr. Kyle Nordeen is sitting opposite you. The dentist counts your child’s teeth and checks their smile for potential concerns, like cavities. They also assess the development and health of your child’s gums, jaws, and other oral structures and tissues. Depending on your child’s age, we may gently clean their teeth and gums.
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Apple Valley parents often wonder, “Who is the best pediatric dentist near me?” Our young patients and their parents would agree that our dentists are among the best and most caring in the area. As parents of two young boys, Drs. Katie and Kyle Nordeen understand the importance of helping children feel safe and comfortable at the dentist, especially when they’re new to the dental office.
At Carousel Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we believe that infant oral health care will give your child a headstart on a healthy smile. We provide support and personalized treatment your child needs for healthy teeth and gums.
Please give us a call today to schedule your child’s consultation or if you have any questions. One of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will be happy to help you.