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:
- Teeth can decay as soon as they appear in the mouth, so even a 6-month-old baby can get cavities!
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that cavity rates have increased for children ages 2-5 in the last decade.
- Most all dental problems are preventable! See the dentist early and get educated about preventive dental care. Your child will thank you for it!
- 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.
- Children with less dental problems are more likely to grow up to be adults with positive attitudes about going to the dentist.
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends initial checkups for children no later than age 1.
- 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!