Infant Oral Care Specialist

Suzanne Grady, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentist

Open Sesame Dentistry

Suzanne Grady, DDS

Pediatric Dentist & Special Needs Dentist located in Lincoln Square, New York, NY

As the parent of a new baby, health and wellness are undoubtedly two of your top concerns — and infant oral care is a big part of both. At Open Sesame Dentistry, located in the Lincoln Square area in Manhattan, you’ll find comprehensive infant oral care resources in a comfortable and child-friendly environment. Top-rated pediatric dentist Suzanne Grady, DDS, offers oral health consultations and gentle care at the New York City office. Call the office or use the online appointment tool to set up your child’s visit.

Infant Oral Care Q&A

What does an infant oral care consultation include?

An infant oral care consultation is the ideal time for Dr. Grady and the Open Sesame Dentistry team to get to know you and your little one. During this first appointment, Dr. Grady gently checks your baby’s mouth and also takes the time to discuss their oral health needs with you in detail. 

Your baby depends on you for their oral care, so Dr. Grady sees the parents as patients, too. She’s always happy to answer questions about your child’s oral health, discuss habits like thumb sucking, nutrition, and how their oral health affects their whole-body health. 

Dr. Grady and the Open Sesame Dentistry team believe in highly personalized oral health care, including special needs dental care, so they’re always happy to adapt to your child’s unique needs. 

When does my child need their first infant oral care appointment?

The American Dental Association recommends a first oral care appointment as soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts or at 12 months of age, whichever comes first. At Open Sesame Dentistry, Dr. Grady offers oral health consultations for children at any age, including newborns. 

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

Start brushing your baby’s teeth even before they actually have teeth. You can gently clean their gums using gauze or a washcloth. That is important because sugars found in breast milk and formula can coat your baby's gums, eventually forming bacteria that can erode them. 

It's also important to avoid letting your baby fall asleep with a bottle, as it can allow those harmful sugars to stay in their mouth for even longer. After your baby has their first tooth, transition to an infant toothbrush with soft bristles.

Why should my child see a pediatric dentist for infant oral care?

In addition to their standard dentistry training, pediatric dentists have several years of additional specialized training focused on infant and childhood oral care. Dr. Grady is a highly accomplished pediatric dentist and also a professor of pediatric dentistry at her alma mater.

That extensive training and long history of specialized experience give Dr. Grady the qualifications needed to personalize your baby’s oral health care.

Open Sesame Dentistry welcomes all infants and children, and they look forward to meeting your new addition. Call the office or click the online scheduling link to arrange your baby’s visit.