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Infant Oral Health

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children make their initial visit to the dentist before their first birthday. These early visits are beneficial for parents, as our team’s focus will be on reviewing important growth, development and oral-health milestones, as well as diet and hygiene pointers.

This first exam is conducted “knee to knee” — that is, with Dr. Gibson examining your child’s mouth while the infant remains in the comfort of your lap. 

You’ll place your child facing you, with his or her legs wrapped around your waist, then gently lay the infant back into the dentist’s lap. The dentist can then gently examine the child’s mouth with a soft toothbrush and mirror, dabbing on topical fluoride where necessary.

Some children will of course cry and fuss as this is going on, but it’s important to remember that the exam is necessary to gauge early-life oral health, it will be brief, and it causes your child no pain.



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