Early Infant Oral Care

early-infant-oral-careIt’s our goal at Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces to offer unparalleled dental care to children and families in Austin, TX, and the surrounding areas. As your premier pediatric dentistry and orthodontic provider, we’re glad to offer a wide array of treatments that will help a number of different dental and orthodontic conditions. We know that in order for a patient to achieve top-notch dental health, there are things they have to do at home after they leave the office. That’s why we strive to educate our patients and their families on how to take care of their smiles, starting at the very beginning with perinatal and infant oral care.

Oral Care During Pregnancy & Parenthood

Believe it or not, optimal newborn health begins before the baby is even born. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all pregnant women receive oral healthcare and counseling during pregnancy. Research has shown evidence that periodontal disease can increase the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight. Talk to your doctor or dentist about ways you can prevent periodontal disease during pregnancy.

Additionally, parents -- especially mothers -- with poor oral health may be at a greater risk of passing cavity-causing bacteria to their young children. All parents should follow these simple steps to decrease the risk of spreading these bacteria:

  • Visit your dentist for regular cleanings.
  • Brush and floss on a daily basis to reduce bacterial plaque.
  • Proper diet, with the reduction of beverages and foods high in sugar & starch.
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste recommended by the ADA and rinse every night with an alcohol-free, over-the-counter mouth rinse with .05 % sodium fluoride in order to reduce plaque levels.
  • Don’t share utensils, cups, or food that can cause the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to your children.
  • Use of xylitol chewing gum (4 pieces per day by the parent) can decrease a child’s cavities rate.

Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

For more information, please refer to our First Visit page.

When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?

Teething is the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth. In general, the first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and they usually begin erupting between the age of six to nine months. However, all babies are different, so it isn’t unusual if your child’s teeth begin erupting before or after this time.

If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth, you may refer to "Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth" on our Pediatric Dentistry FAQs page or contact us during normal business hours.

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Cavities)

One serious form of dental decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened drinks.

Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.

After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.

Contact Our Pediatric Dentist Today

If you have any questions about infant oral care or dental health during pregnancy, we encourage you to reach out to us at any time. We have eight convenient locations throughout the Austin, TX area, with offices in neighboring towns such as Bee Cave, Elgin, Belton, Kyle, and Dripping Springs. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at one of our offices, you may do so through our convenient appointment request form, or you can refer to our contact page for each location’s contact information. We hope to see you soon!

Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces

  • North Austin Office - 8716 Research Blvd., #125, Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 454-4646 Fax: (512) 419-0561
  • Central Austin Office - 1015 W. 34th St., Austin, TX 78705 Phone: (512) 206-2929 Fax: (512) 206-2920
  • South Austin Office - 2700 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 442-4338
  • Bee Cave Office - 14058 Bee Cave Pkwy. Building D, Suite B, Austin, TX 78738 Phone: (512) 402-9996 Fax: (512) 402-9986
  • Belton Office - 412 Lake Rd., Belton, TX 76513 Phone: (254) 933-7760 Fax: (254) 933-7983
  • Circle C Office - 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 470C, Austin, TX 78749 Phone: (512) 288-1900
  • Dripping Springs Office - 2440 E. Hwy. 290, Building C, Suite B, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Phone: (512) 858-0232
  • Elgin Office - 250A Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, TX 78621 Phone: (512) 285-9868 Fax: (512) 933-7767
  • Killeen Office - 1103 W. Stan Schlueter Loop, Building B, Suite B-800, Killeen, TX 76549 Phone: (254) 519-1590 Fax: (254) 519-1570
  • Kyle Office - 575 E. Fm 150 Suite #P, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 268-3600 Fax: (512) 268-3607

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