Infant Dentistry in Chicago

Bright Beginnings Start Here
At Floss Academy Pediatric Dentistry & Tongue-Tie Center, we understand that your little one's dental health journey begins even before their first tooth appears. Our compassionate team, led by best friends Dr. Deric Truskoski and Dr. Amanda Shaffer, is dedicated to providing exceptional infant dental care in a nurturing environment, setting the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

When Should My Infant See The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your baby's first dental visit around their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. These early visits allow our experienced pediatric dentists to monitor your infant's oral development, provide guidance on proper oral hygiene, and address any potential concerns promptly.

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Signs Of Teething & What You Should Do

Recognizing the Signs

Teething can be an uncomfortable experience for babies, but understanding the signs can help you provide relief. Watch out for excessive drooling, irritability, gum rubbing, and a desire to chew on solid objects. Your little one may also experience a slight fever, rash, or diarrhea.

Soothing Teething Discomfort

To alleviate your baby's teething discomfort, try offering a cold, damp washcloth or a chilled (not frozen) teething ring to gently massage their gums. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also provide temporary relief when used as directed by your pediatrician.

Preventing Tooth Decay

As your baby's teeth emerge, it's crucial to establish good oral hygiene habits. Gently clean their gums and teeth with a soft, damp cloth or an infant toothbrush and water. Avoid letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water to prevent tooth decay.

The Frenectomy Process

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Understanding Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) and lip-tie (labial frenulum) are conditions where the frenulum, the thin tissue connecting the tongue or lip to the mouth, is too tight or thick, restricting proper movement and function. These conditions can interfere with breastfeeding, speech development, and even dental health.

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Gentle and Effective Treatment

At Floss Academy, we offer safe and effective frenectomy procedures using state-of-the-art laser technology. Our skilled dentists gently release the restrictive frenulum, allowing for improved tongue and lip mobility, and alleviating potential issues associated with these conditions.

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A Nurturing Environment

We understand that any medical procedure can be daunting for parents and little ones alike. That's why we strive to create a warm, comforting atmosphere, ensuring your child feels at ease throughout the entire process. Our team will guide you every step of the way, addressing any concerns and providing personalized care tailored to your infant's needs.

Got Questions?

FAQs about Infant Dentistry

When should I start brushing my baby's teeth?

You should begin cleaning your baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts, typically around 6 months of age. Use a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and a smear of fluoride-free toothpaste to gently clean their teeth and gums.

Is it normal for my baby to drool excessively during teething?

Excessive drooling is a common symptom of teething as your baby's saliva production increases. While it may seem excessive, this is a normal part of the teething process and should subside once the new teeth have fully emerged.

Can thumb-sucking or pacifier use harm my baby's dental development?

While thumb-sucking and pacifier use is generally harmless for infants, prolonged habits beyond the age of 3 can potentially lead to dental issues such as misaligned teeth or jaw problems. If the habit persists, consult our pediatric dentists for guidance.

How can I prepare my baby for their first dental visit?

To help your baby feel comfortable during their first dental appointment, try reading children's books about going to the dentist or playing pretend at home. Remain positive and reassuring, and avoid using words that could instill fear or anxiety. Our team is well-versed in making your little one's first visit a pleasant experience.