Parents, especially new ones, are often surprised to learn that their child could benefit from visiting the dentist before the age of 1. Here are 7 reasons why it is recommended:

  1. Teeth can decay as soon as they appear in the mouth, so even a 6-month-old baby can get cavities!
  2. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that cavity rates have increased for children ages 2-5 in the last decade.
  3. Most all dental problems are preventable! See the dentist early and get educated about preventive dental care. Your child will thank you for it!
  4. Dental problems only get worse with time. In some cases if decay is caught early, there are therapies that can reverse or minimize their growth.
  5. Children with less dental problems are more likely to grow up to be adults with positive attitudes about going to the dentist.
  6. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends initial checkups for children no later than age 1.
  7. Check-ups for children under 3 are often free at pediatric dental offices!

Many parents often ask, “But how will you handle my child? He/she will not cooperate at this age.”  At age 1, we generally only do an initial examination which lasts about a minute and with no discomfort to your child.

One of the most heartbreaking problems I see as a pediatric dentist is when a baby has tooth decay and infection that requires the removal of his/her baby teeth. Like many things in a young child’s life, this is something that we as parents can help prevent. 

For more information please visit www.childrensdentistry.com!


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