In this post from Oceanside Dental Excellence, we have a vital message for new parents or parents-to-be.
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. But under revised guidelines, the AAP and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry tell parents to take their toddler to a dentist before their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth appears.
Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention!
Sadly, even though pediatricians advise parents about children’s oral health, dentists find advanced cavities even in very young children.
Additionally, high-risk children should be seen as early as possible. Following are some of the risk factors:
- Sleeping with a bottle
- Drinking juice continually during the day
- Abnormal tooth development including demineralization and staining
- Thumb sucking
- Tooth grinding
- A mother with acute cavities
- Other health troubles
To make an appointment for your toddler, give us a call. We work with parents to ensure that their children’s smiles start out healthy and stay healthy as they grow.
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