Prenatal & Infant Oral Health Care | Great Grins Children's Dentistry | Pediatric Dentist | Tucson, AZ

Prenatal & Infant Oral Health Care


If you are expecting a baby, it’s important to understand that your oral health impacts your pregnancy. It also affects the oral health of your child. Improving oral health during pregnancy can help prevent early cavities in your child’s teeth.

Please visit the Prenatal Oral Health Program website to watch a video about the importance of good oral health care during pregnancy. You can also contact Great Grins Children’s Dentistry at (520)325-4746 if you are pregnant and do not see a dentist on a regular basis. We will be happy to refer you to a dentist in our area who is willing to see expectant mothers.


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that your child should visit a dentist by their first birthday, or when their first tooth comes in. This usually happens between 6 – 12 months. Baby teeth are at high risk for tooth decay, so the earlier they visit the dentist after their first tooth comes in, the better.

Things to consider when it comes to oral health care for your child…

Caring for gums

Wrap a washcloth or gauze around your finger and rub it gently over your baby’s gums. Doing this on a regular basis will help your baby transition to a tooth brush.

Baby’s 1st tooth

When teeth start to appear, switch to a baby toothbrush. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice) for children under age 2.

Thumb, finger and pacifier habits

Sucking is a natural habit for infants. It usually serves as a comfort and security for them. According to the American Dental Association, most children stop these habits on their own between the ages of two and four. If children continue sucking after their permanent teeth grow in, it can lead to problems with tooth alignment. It can also affect the overall oral health of the child.

First visit to the dentist

Early visits to the dentist help your child become familiar with the doctors and staff. They will also lessen the fear often associated with dental visits. Parents play a large role in making the first visit to the dentist a positive experience. Role playing with your child, counting teeth and showing them pictures of our team and our office prior to their first visit can help alleviate anxiety that your child may feel. With your help, we can make their first visit a fun and enjoyable experience.

Visit the Baby Oral Health Program website for more information on infant oral health care.

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