For new parents it can be confusing to navigate through all the pediatric care and visits your child needs. The American Dental Association states that all babies should get their first well dental checkup before they reach their first birthday, or at the appearance of their first tooth, whichever comes first. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins offer pediatric dental services at Collins Dental & Aesthetic.
During a well-baby dental visit, Drs. Collins can examine your child’s mouth to determine if the jaw is developing properly, and teach you safe and effective techniques for cleaning your baby’s teeth and gums until your child is old enough to learn to start brushing on his or her own. We can also provide you with a list of recommended baby toothpastes and mouth rinses to use.
Many parents don’t realize that babies and young children need special toothpastes that are designed for their age group because they don’t yet have a fully developed ability to consciously choose and understand what is ok to spit versus swallow. Adult toothpastes and rinses contain fluoride and other ingredients that can be toxic if swallowed by a child instead of spit out.
Additionally we can provide guidance on safe and appropriate foods, teething toys, and methods for dealing with your baby’s pain when cutting new teeth. While many teething toys and early solid foods are on the market, but not necessarily all of them are appropriate for your child at his or her stage of oral development.
To schedule a well-baby or early childhood dental visit, contact our office at 509-368-7788.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788