Early Dental Care

We treat some of the youngest buccaneers at Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, the office of Dr. Duane C. Clouse. Dr. Clouse, a pediatric dentist, offers services for children of all ages.

As recommended by the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, we suggest bringing your child in for their first visit by their first birthday. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in or cuts through, usually between six and twelve months of age.

Teething can cause discomfort and pain. Some of the signs and symptoms of teething are:

  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Swollen or bulging gums
  • Difficulty sleeping/eating

Teething pain can be relieved by rubbing a clean finger or cold spoon or cloth on the child’s gums, or by giving them a teething ring.

Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). This can occur if a child falls asleep with a bottle or while nursing. To prevent this problem, we advise parents to never let their child fall asleep with a bottle or nursing. Never put your baby to bed with sugary fruit juices or soda in the bottle.

Your child’s primary teeth are important for chewing, speaking and smiling. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future. Call our team today to start your child on a lifetime of good healthy dental habits.