Dentistry for Children and Families

1721 North Halsted • Chicago IL 60614
Dentist in Lincoln Park | Chicago Orthodontics | Parking Available
Make An Appointment
312.988.9855

Childrens Dentist Chicago - Infant Dental Care

Infant Dental Care

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends establishing a "dental home" for your child before his or her first birthday. This helps to prevent the development of dental anxiety, begins healthy dental health patterns, and allows us to screen for any early oral health concerns.

Dental problems can begin early. Early childhood decay (or baby bottle decay) is a concern for pediatric dentists. According to the AAPD, "The earlier the first dental visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems." Start your child now and provide them with a smile to last a lifetime.


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends establishing a "dental home" for your child before his or her first birthday. This helps to prevent the development of dental anxiety and is the beginning of establishing healthy dental health patterns, which allows us to screen for any early oral health concerns.
Dental problems can begin early. According to the AAPD, "The earlier the first dental visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems later." Start your child's dental experience early and assure them a smile that will last a lifetime. At home habits also contribute to the oral health of infants. Children should never fall asleep with a bottle of anything but water. Juice should be avoided and only provided with meals. The AAPD recommends weaning children from bottles between 12 and 14 months of age.

Thumb sucking is normal, but can cause crooked teeth or bite problems if prolonged. If the habit continues past 3, we can provide you with suggestions to address the problem.

It is recommended that parents begin cleaning a child's gums very early - with cloth or a soft infant toothbrush. As soon as the teeth erupt, you can begin brushing twice daily with a dab of fluoridated toothpaste. Teething begins around 6 months of age and continues to age 3. A clean teething ring or cold washcloth can help to comfort a teething child.

Early visits to the dentist can prevent the development of dental anxiety and can contribute to the overall health of your child.