Infant Dental Care – Reno, NV

Even the Smallest Smiles Deserve the Best Care


Many parents aren’t aware that even as an infant, their child can run into oral health problems that can affect their future smiles and ability to breastfeed. Dr. Jackie offers non-nutritive habit counseling as well as lip and tongue-tie treatments for infants who are having difficulty latching while breastfeeding or aren’t able to stop thumb-sucking and pacifier habits on their own. 

Why Choose Alford Pediatric & General Dentistry for Infant Dental Care?

  • Quick & Safe Treatment for Lip/Tongue-Ties
  • Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist for Peace of Mind
  • A Dental Practice that Grows With Your Family

Non-Nutritive Habits

Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, and other objects can make a child feel happy, secure, and relaxed. However, prolonged sucking habits while a child is growing can lead to problems with jaw development and tooth alignment. If they don’t break these habits naturally as they get older, we can discuss multiple approaches to help a child stop, and if these don’t work, we can place a small oral appliance.

Lip & Tongue-Tie (Frenectomy)

Is your infant having difficulty latching while breastfeeding? Do you hear a clicking noise when your baby is trying to eat? Is your baby not gaining weight fast enough? These are all potential signs that your child has a lip or tongue-tie. This is when the piece of tissue that connects their lips to their gums or their tongue to the floor of their mouth is overgrown, restricting their oral movement. Dr. Jackie offers frenectomies, which involve removing excess tissue in these areas to enhance your infant’s lip and tongue movement, making it easier to eat.