This post from Providence Dental in Las Vegas is for new parents, or couples planning for children sometime in the future.
The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth.
At Providence Dental, we are dedicated to helping today’s toddlers avoid the prevalent tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If young children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about child dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.
You do your best to protect your children from illness and infection. It’s essential to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.
Here is what we at Providence Dental (and the American Dental Association) recommend regarding a toddler’s first dental visit:
It is advantageous for the first visit to occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, and receiving oral health education based on the child’s developmental needs (also known as anticipatory guidance).
Educate yourselves on how to prevent early childhood dental decay before teeth erupt. Then you will avoid creating habits that put teeth in jeopardy.
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