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The Importance of the First Dental Visit
A child needs specialized dental care while passing through the early stages of their body’s growth process. Proper dental care is so important during this phase that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to schedule their child’s first dentist appointment after the child’s first tooth comes through, but no later than the child’s first birthday.
When looking at recent statistical information on pediatric dental care, reports show that 1 in 4 children have already suffered their first cavity before reaching 4 years old, and in some cases, the first cavity occurs before they even reach the age of 1. The reason for the high number of cavities in young children can be easily explained. This disease, known as childhood caries, is a direct result of children consuming a high amount of sugary liquids, including formula, juice, soda and milk (including breast milk), over an extended period of time. With the help of a pediatric dentist, this problem can be avoided.
If left untreated, tooth decay can cause endless pain to a young child, as well as damage the permanent teeth that lie in the gums waiting to push through. Though fairly hard to detect without help in its early stages, once the decay spreads, it will move rapidly to other areas of the teeth and mouth without fair warning, affecting the child’s health and well-being in the process.
At the first visit, we will conduct a thorough examination of your child’s oral health situation, looking for warning signs of disease and potential tooth decay. During the visit, we will also introduce you to the Infant-Toddler Oral Care Program created by Dentistry for Children & Adolescents and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.This program will assist you in taking the best care of your childs oral health. The information presented in this program will include instructions on helping your child establish healthy fluoride levels, care for their oral health and how to prevent accidents that cause trauma to the face and mouth, as well as dietary guidelines to adhere to.
For more information on pediatric dentistry and the care our dental office provides, contact us today.
For further information, please visit American Academy of Pediatric Dentists.