This message from Winston-Salem Dental Group looks at dental care for our youngest patients.
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to take their children to the dentist by the third birthday. Now parents are advised to take their toddler in for a checkup by his or her first birthday, or when their first tooth breaks through, whichever comes first.
Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, we continue to find severe tooth decay in very young children. This is completely unnecessary in a community with sufficient health and dental services.
High-risk little ones should be seen as early as possible. Following are some of the risk factors:
- Sleeping with a bottle (if you put your child to bed with a bottle, we strongly urge you to stop this practice)
- Drinking juice continuously during the day
- Abnormal tooth development
- Thumb sucking
- Tooth grinding
- A mother with considerable tooth decay
- Other health troubles
The most effective way to ensure lifelong oral health for your child is to train him or her early on correct daily dental hygiene, provide a healthy, low-sugar diet, and form a relationship with a reputable family dentist. Doctor dentist urges all North Carolina parents to be passionate about their children’s dental health.
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