Infant Oral Health Exams

Infant Oral Health Exams Hudsonville MI Pediatric Dentists

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children see a dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. The first few visits with our pediatric dentists will help you better understand important developmental milestones for your child. During the infant oral health exam, they’ll also review how you manage your child’s dental hygiene and offer tips.

What to Expect at Your Infant’s Oral Health Exam

A baby’s oral health exam is often short. Yet, don’t be alarmed if your child fusses during their appointment. If anything, crying gives the pediatric dentist a chance to look inside your baby’s mouth. It’s normal for babies to feel overstimulated when confronted with new places, people, and things. Remember that the dental exam doesn’t hurt and is important for helping your child start life right with a healthy mouth.

Knee-to-Knee Oral Health Exam

During the baby oral health exam, we do everything we can to help your child feel comfortable and safe. For this reason, one of our pediatric dentists will sit knee-to-knee with you while your child lays in your lap. Babies often feel more at ease when they know Mom and Dad are close. Our pediatric dentists examine patients this way when they are too small for the dental chair.

For the infant oral health exam, you’ll sit facing one of our pediatric dentists with your knees touching. We’ll then ask you to position your child on your lap so they’re facing you with their legs wrapped around your waist. You would then lay your child’s head on the dentist’s lap.

During your child’s first dentist appointment, we’ll gently inspect your child’s mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mirror. We ask that you hold your child’s hands over their tummy to soothe them and make sure they hold still during the dental exam. Our pediatric dentists will make sure everything looks okay and answer any questions you might have during this time. Your cooperation is absolutely vital for ensuring your infant has a safe oral health exam.

Drs. Stephanie Kloostra and Taryn Weil are our pediatric dentists in Hudsonville, MI. To schedule an appointment with Hudsonville Dental Kids, call (616) 209-4039.