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Infant Exams

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Westerville Pediatric Dental enjoys partnering with pediatricians to encourage the establishment of a medical and dental home early. The earlier you establish a dental home the better. We believe a dental home can be started at any age, but recommend you set a visit by their first birthday. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a dental home allows us to share an ongoing relationship with your family that provides dental care in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, friendly and family-centered way.

What happens at an Infant Exam?

  • Dr. Joel and staff meet your family.
  • We happily answer any questions you may have.
  • An exam is performed in the “knee-to- knee” position.
  • Age-appropriate tears are expected just like at a physician’s visit, and your child bounces back quickly.
  • A gentle polishing cup or toothbrush is used to educate and remove plaque/stain.
  • We may blow bubbles in the air to distract and soothe your child.
  • X-rays are only taken if needed.
  • Prevention-oriented education and anticipatory guidance for the future is discussed.
  • Finally, a recall schedule is determined.

Some important educational topics include:

  • Parental oral hygiene education, including during pregnancy.
  • Methods to decrease your bacterial transfer to your child that can cause cavities.
  • Growth and development.
  • Teething and its stresses.
  • Infant oral hygiene techniques.
  • Diet and proper use of the baby bottle, and how to balance them for your family.
  • Proper Fluoride use.
  • Injury prevention, and what to expect.
  • Future and current dental habits.

What can you do?

  • Begin tooth brushing with a tiny smear of toothpaste as soon as teeth erupt. A wet cloth can help.
  • Avoid giving your child a bottle or sippy cup filled with anything besides water.
  • Every night, lift the upper lip to search for signs of white or brown spots on the front teeth.
  • Avoid sharing utensils and saliva, which transfers cavity bugs.
  • Practice “lap-to- lap” or “knee-to- knee” tooth brushing with another adult.
  • Practice reading fun dental books one week before their visit.