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Infant – 12 Months

First Visit

Dr. Werner recommends that an infant your child have her first check up by the age of 1, or within 6 months after her first tooth appears. Cavities can begin to develop soon after the teeth begin to grow so it is important to assess your child’s oral health and consult with Dr. Werner about the steps you need to take to provide proper care

During your child’s first exam, Dr. Werner will check all of your child’s teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and mouth. If necessary, Dr. Werner will gently clean the teeth and gums and recommend fluoride. This visit is also your chance to ask questions and get help with any concerns you have with your child’s teeth, teething, pacifier use, nutrition, etc.

Dr. Werner likes to see her patients every 6 months to develop a positive relationship with both the child and parent. It is also necessary to monitor the development of the teeth and the surrounding facial bones, to prevent/treat any problems.

Areas of Concern:

  • Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Sleeping with a bottle, sweetened fruit juice and other liquids can cause decay.
  • Teething: How to help
  • Thumb Sucking: Use of pacifiers

Recommended Procedures

  • Baseline Examination and Cleaning
  • Digital X-Rays
  • Nutritional and Hygiene Counseling
  • Regular Checkups (6 months)

Dr. Werner believes that prevention is the key to lifelong oral health. She provides counseling and education for her patients and their parents to help you offer your child the most comprehensive care possible. She recommends you visit her office to meet her and her staff and discuss any areas of concern prior to your infant’s first visit. Children can sometimes sense a parent’s anxiety or fear and may become anxious before their first visit. Rest assured, Dr. Werner and her staff will make every effort to make you and your child comfortable so your child’s first examination is a positive and rewarding experience.