The Children’s Dentistry Program: Oral Care Designed for Infants and Toddlers

Children’s Dentistry Program
At Adaven Children’s Dentistry, we are proud participants in the Baby Oral Health Program (bOHP). This initiative was started by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to train providers how to provide preventative services to infants and toddlers, ages 0 – 36 months. We take into consideration the social and emotional development to treat each patient appropriately at every age. Here are some guidelines as to what parents can do at home at every age.

0 – 6 Months

Good oral hygiene starts at birth. Before babies begin getting teeth, their gums should be washed with a moist washcloth after feedings. Keep an eye out for any abnormalities in the mouth, including on the tongue and gums.

6 – 12 Months

Sometime around this time, babies begin getting their teeth. The four front teeth are usually the first to come in. Begin brushing when the teeth start to poke through the gums. Twice a day, use a soft toothbrush designed for infants with a rice-sized amount of toothpaste.

12 – 24 Months

Babies get most of their teeth during this time. It’s likely that this will cause some discomfort but it’s important to stay away from oral gel medication because they have recently been found to be unsafe. Continue brushing twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.

24 – 36 Months

Most of the 20 baby teeth should have come in by the time a child is 2 years old. Once the child is able to spit well, use a pea sized amount of toothpaste when brushing in the morning and before bed.

Adaven Children’s Dentistry: A Proud bHOP Provider

We’re happy to work along with the Baby Oral Health Program to provide as much assistance as we can in our role as kid dentist. Remember, all children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. If you’re looking for a provider for your children, get in touch with us at (702) 492-1955 or visit us online to schedule an appointment. We specialize in treating children and can help make dental appointments less scary and more fun.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry
1701 N Green Valley Pkwy # 8E Henderson, NV 89074
Phone:(702) 492-1955

New AAP Guidelines: No Fruit Juice Before Age 1 to Improve Child Dental Care

Child Dental Care
Although fruit juice was once recommended by pediatricians for healthy infants and children, new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have recently been established that recommend severe restrictions for children of all ages.

Recommendations for Infants

The AAP recommends that infants consume only human milk or prepared formula from birth until 6 months of age. Fruit juice provides no nutritional value and offering it can lead to reduced consumption of breast milk or formula. When this happens, it puts infants at risk for malnutrition because they are no longer getting enough of the nutrients they need.

Recommendations for Toddlers and Young Children

After age 1, fruit juice should be used as a special treat or snack. Toddlers should never be given fruit juice in a bottle and young children should never have it in a sippy cup or juice box. Allowing a child to sip on fruit juice throughout the day or putting them to bed with a bottle full of juice at night should be avoided at all costs. These behaviors risk exposing the child’s teeth to an excessive amount carbohydrates which can quickly lead to dental caries. The same nutritional concerns that infants face apply to this age group as well. Fruit juice tastes good. Toddlers and school age children often prefer it to fruits and other nutritious foods which increases the risk for malnutrition.

Worried about Your Child’s Juice Consumption? We Can Help.

If you were unaware of these guidelines or if you are concerned that your child’s teeth might have been effected by improper juice consumption, Adaven Children’s Dentistry can help. We specialize in child dental care and can assess the health of your child’s teeth and whether or not any damage from excessive fruit juice has occurred. If you’re looking for a specialized child dentist, get in touch with the experts at Adaven Children’s Dentistry. We specialize in kids and know how to make a trip to the dentist a lot more fun. Call (702) 492-1955 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.
Adaven Children’s Dentistry
1701 N Green Valley Pkwy # 8E Henderson, NV 89074
Phone:(702) 492-1955