At Saginaw Kids Dentistry, our board-certified pediatric dentists specialize in treating kids of all ages, especially infants. The current recommendation of the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) is that kids see a dentist when they either get their first tooth or when they turn one year old, whichever comes first. Why so early? Here are a few reasons:
Early dental care ensures that dentists like Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina can assess your child’s oral development, providing you with insights about their overall oral health.
Our team is always ready to help you learn about proper pediatric dental care, and to answer any questions you may have.
Consistently bringing your child to the dentist from a very early age means they’ll be more familiar with the process, and will be less anxious about dentistry in the future.
Regular six- month preventive care visits, including exams and cleanings, are essential for protecting your child's oral health as they grow. During their cleanings and oral exams, we’ll check for signs of common oral health problems like cavities.
Once your child has teeth, you should brush them twice a day using a smear of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Once your child is 3 years old or can spit upon request, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. You will usually need to brush your child’s teeth until they’re about 6 or 7 years old. Then, they can start brushing on their own.
Frenectomies are used to treat tongue and lip ties. Tongue and lip ties restrict the movement of your child’s tongue and/or lips, and can interfere with your child’s feeding and development.
Parents may notice children having difficulties breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Tongue and lip ties may result in poor weight gain. It can be indicated by colic (crying) when feeding, or excessive drooling when feeding.
During a frenectomy, Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina will release the thick band of tissue restricting the lips or tongue using a gentle laser tool, freeing up the lips or tongue and restoring oral range of motion.
Treating tongue or lip ties with a frenectomy ensures your child can feed properly and gain weight. It also may help prevent speech difficulties in the future.
We provide expert pediatric care for kids of all ages, including infants.