At Heritage Dentistry in Frisco, Texas, our team strives to create a comfortable and fun environment for you and your child. A good oral hygiene routine is one of the best gifts a child can receive because it can lead to good oral and overall health for the rest of their life. Dr. Skousen is a dedicated pediatric dentist in Frisco, Texas who will monitor the development and health of your child’s teeth in a gentle manner. If you have questions about your child’s oral health, or if you would like to request a visit at Heritage Dentistry, call our Frisco, Texas office at 469-535-6516, today! We look forward to meeting you and your child.
When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Visit?
As a baby, it may seem like your child’s first dental visit is far away. However, even after birth, it is important to care for your child’s gums. For example, gently wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding can remove harmful sugars. When your child’s first tooth emerges, it is time to visit Dr. Skousen at Heritage Dentistry in Frisco, Texas. If your child turns one and does not have their first tooth, you should also make your first appointment with Dr. Skousen and the Heritage Dentistry team. Your child’s first dental visit may seem intimidating, but you are in good hands with Dr. Skousen. With two beautiful daughters of his own, Dr. Skousen is a gentle, caring, and fun kid’s dentist who will monitor the health and development of your child’s teeth and gums.
What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?
It’s true that babies or young children can develop tooth decay, even if they are only drinking milk. Babies that drink breast or formula milk from a bottle can have an increased risk of developing baby bottle tooth decay if they are put to bed with a bottle or if they walk around with a bottle between feedings. Just like adult teeth, baby teeth are eaten away by the sugars in milk. Both breast and formula milk have sugars that can destroy the outer lining of the tooth, called the enamel, if they sit on the tooth for an extended period of time. Additionally, if your child excessively sucks on a baby bottle or their thumb, their teeth can shift while developing leading to orthodontic issues in their teens. At Heritage Dentistry, Dr. Skousen recommends to parents that they limit bottle use to feeding times and encourage their child to limit thumb sucking to reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay and orthodontic needs later in life.
The Heritage Dentistry team is dedicated to the health and development of your child’s smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to request an appointment at our Frisco, Texas office, please call us at 469-535-6516, today!