Kids Family Dental
1591 Route 22, Building 2, Brewster, NY 10509

A Parent’s Primer on Proper Infant Oral Care

Most parents are focused on their baby’s medical health, but it’s just as important to be aware of an infant’s dental health. Tending to infant oral care can improve a baby’s dental development and protect their dental health.

Why Parents Must Be Prepared to Care for Their Infant’s Smile

Many parents assume they don’t need to worry about pediatric dental care until their child’s permanent teeth come in. But even though the child’s first teeth are only temporary, they’re very vulnerable to decay and infection. If not detected and treated, these early dental problems can affect their dental development for many years to come. That’s why dental experts agree that parents must know what’s required for infant oral care in order to protect the child’s future dental health development.

Infant Oral Care Begins with the Parents

Did you know that the pregnant mom’s oral health has an effect on the infant’s dental development? Even before the child is born, pregnant moms with insufficient dental health or poor dietary habits can transit harmful bacteria directly to their infants. That’s why dental care experts agree that parents need to start by taking care of their own oral health, as well as maintaining the necessary infant oral care practices.

Proper Infant Oral Care for Early Stages and Ages

According to pediatric dentist experts, parents should follow certain practices and procedures to ensure that their infant receives the oral care they need. The five recommended steps include:

  1. Pregnant moms need to schedule their own dental cleaning and exam during their second trimester to reduce the risk of infection and bacteria transmission to baby.
  2. Moms-to-be should try to delay any cosmetic or emergency procedures until after the child is born, if possible.
  3. Parents must schedule their baby’s first dental health and oral exam with a pediatric dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth emerges. During this first visit, the pediatric dentist will evaluate the infant’s risk for development of dental problems, as well as educate parents about healthy infant oral care practices for care over the next five years.
  4. During the first year, parents need to gently clean the infant’s gums with damp gauze in the morning, evening, and following feedings to prevent the buildup of food and bacteria.
  5. Once the infant begins to teethe, parents must brush his or her teeth with a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and a toothpaste recommended by the pediatric dentist.

To learn about our family dentistry practices in Brewster, call Kids Family Dental today at (845) 764-9572 or make an appointment

Kids Family Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Brewster. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Kids Family Dental, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Kids Family Dental.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Absolutely wonderful experience, every single time! Doctors, hygienists, receptionists, always smiling! Staff genuinely care about their patients and the kid friendly office is warm and relaxing! A+ […]
Melissa G.
You cannot go wrong if Dr. Brown is your dentist! He is absolutely amazing. Patient, kind, and truly wants what is best for the kids he sees. My son is timid and gets nervous easily, but Dr Brown […]
Anonymous
Dr. DeBiase is the best pediatric dentist! Knowledgeable, caring, and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Joe DeBiase!
Maryam J.
Nice office, wonderful and caring staff!!!!! $$
Lisa P.
My family and I always have an amazing experience here! Dr. Brown is so kind and everyone is very kind and friendly! Hands down the best dentist my family and I have ever encountered! :))
Sierra S.
Took my nephew for the first time and it was a great experience. The staff are very pleasant and the doctor was both patient and gentle with my nephew. I definitely recommend anyone with children to […]
Shania R.
This office is absolutely, hands down the best place to bring children. My sons Ethan and Sean love it here, and this mom couldn’t be happier. Dr. Brown and his staff are amazing with my kids. Dr. […]
Christina D.
Lili the hygienist was so sweet to my daughter!!!!
Michelle M.
Two of my children go here and the staff has gone above and beyond both times! We have had horrible experiences with dentists and let me tell you…the dentists here are absolutely amazing. […]
Rae S.
It was a pleasant experience . The staff was attentive and caring with my child, will continue to see them.
Alani F.
Dr. Brown and all of staff was very accommodating and extremely professional. They were also a well informed team that work together wonderfully. I would recommend anyone to this dentist office.
Latrell A.
Me and my sister makayla love Dr. joe! Everyone is friendly and my mom loves the practice
Gabriella T.
my whole family enjoyed the experience! the assistant Jessica J was very pleasant & helpful :))
Jordan W.
This place is by far the best dental office. Such wonderful staff and Dr. Joe Debiase is excellent. I highly recommend this office to anyone.
Alaetra W.
Friendly and professional staff; clean office, on time for appointment, recommended highly. Lili is great dental hygienist %&
Nino K.
Highly recommend Kids family dental . All are so very friendly .
Anonymous
Dr. Brown and his staff is by far the best dental practice I’ve brought my children to in the last 30 years. Entering the building and office you see how much attention to detail to make our […]
Nick B.
Great experience!! Dr. Joe is great, both of his assistants are amazing with the kids as well. So glad we found this practice!
Sarah M.
Dr. Brown was excellent. Very knowledgeable and patient in explaining everything.
Devin D.
The staff are amazing. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The one place to bring kids.
Stanley M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (845) 764-9572
Our Location