The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist by his/her first birthday or by the time the first teeth come in. National studies have shown that cavities are increasing in-preschool-aged children. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4. Many kids get cavities as early as age 2.
To prevent early childhood cavities, parents need to learn how to manage their child’s diet and oral hygiene.
A child’s first dental visit can be used to get to know the dentist and discuss important facts such as:
- – How to properly care for an infant or toddler’s mouth
- – The proper use of fluoride to help protect teeth while growing
- – Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
- – The importance of a good diet in promoting oral health