The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend that all children see a dentist within six months of eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. Furthermore, sometimes a baby is born with teeth (natal teeth) or have teeth that erupt with a few weeks of birth (neonatal teeth). It’s important to have these teeth examined by a pediatric dentist soon after they are present to evaluate their condition and prognosis. Additionally, many babies are born with feeding and nipple latch issues. Sometimes these feeding and latch issues are a result of a heavy, thick, or tight lip tie and/or tongue tie (frenula). At our pediatric dental office, we not only evaluate teeth on our tiniest patients, but we also thoroughly examine all oral structures including the tongue, frenula, palate, gingival ridges, lips, pharynx (throat), gingiva, etc. Pediatric dentists have additional education and training to safely and properly examine, evaluate and treat dental and oral conditions specific to infants.
Help your child take their first steps on their journey toward excellent oral health by having their mouth and teeth examined by a pediatric dentist at our Palm Springs or Yucca Valley pediatric dental offices.