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Infant Oral Exams

Infant Oral Exams

Whether they’re your first child or a welcome addition to your existing family, you want to give your children the best possible start in life. This, of course, includes good dental care.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first visit the dentist within six months of the first tooth appearing or by their first birthday.

Your baby’s first dental visit will be a short, positive introduction to the dentist. Pediatric dentists have special training in helping babies and their parents feel at ease. You will hold your child as Dr. Criss carefully looks for tooth decay, jaw growth and development, and soft tissues.   

Dr. Criss will also clean the teeth and  apply fluoride.  Dr. Criss and her dental team will educate you on one or more of the following dental topics: 

  • proper dental hygiene 
  • fluoride treatment 
  • teething 
  • thumb sucking 
  • pacifier & bottle use 
  • dental trauma 
  • and optimal nutrition 

During your baby’s first dental visit, the receptionist will ask you to complete health history and other important medical forms. You will be brought into the clinical area to answer a few questions about your child and their habits and will receive and exam, toothbrush cleaning, and fluoride varnish treatment with Dr. Criss.  You’ll also be asked to schedule another dental visit in two to six months depending on your child’s decay risk.   

Dr. Criss and the Zoo Crew at Nacogdoches Pediatric Dentistry understand that your toddler may not enjoy brushing their teeth or being at the doctor.  Many parents will delay the first dental visit until they feel their child can cooperate.  Often, by waiting early decay does not get diagnosed and has spread and leads to more serious dental problems. We work hard to make it a fun non-threatening experience for our littlest patients.