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Infant Dentistry in Saginaw, TX

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First Visit by First Birthday

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:

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Check Oral Development

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.

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Get Answers About Dental Care

Our team is always ready to help you learn about proper pediatric dental care, and to answer any questions you may have.

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Familiarize Your Child With Dentistry

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.

What To Expect From Your Child’s First Visit

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You will be able to hold your infant child in your lap during their appointment. Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina will gently clean their mouth and any teeth they have, and assess their oral health. Then, they will discuss your child’s oral health with you, and provide you with guidance and advice on how to keep your child’s mouth healthy.

PREVENTIVE CARE

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Six-Month Teeth Cleanings

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.

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At-Home Oral Hygiene

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.

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Frenectomies

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.

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Recognizing Tongue & Lip Ties

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.

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Frenectomies

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.

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Treatment Benefits

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.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride

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SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) is a non-invasive treatment used as an alternative to fillings. In this treatment, a mixture of silver, ammonia, fluoride, and water is applied to a decayed tooth. SDF hardens the tooth and kills the decay. This stains the tooth, but protects it from further damage. This is ideal for baby teeth, since they will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth in the future.

The Benefits Of A Dental Home

Making Saginaw Kids Dentistry your child’s dental home ensures they will become more familiar with the dental process, develop a healthy attitude toward dentistry, and create life-long relationships with our team. We’ll also be able to keep a close eye on their oral health and development, which ensures their smile stays strong as they grow.

Protect Your Baby’s Teeth

We provide expert pediatric care for kids of all ages, including infants.

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