Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City
Did you know a baby’s first dental appointment should come no later than age 1? According to a 2010 AAPD survey, 97% of parents were unaware of the first-year, first visit recommendation.
In fact, tooth decay is one of the leading chronic childhood diseases, more common than asthma, and it's almost entirely preventable. This recent CNN article highlights some great, need-to-know information about your child’s baby teeth, including some of these dental health tips for parents:
- Establish a routine: Lifting the child's lip, wiping the mouth and inspecting the gums and teeth should be done regularly, dentists say.
- Begin brushing with the first tooth: And begin flossing daily as teeth line up, doctors say. The child will likely fuss or cry, but don't let that deter you.
- Find a dental home: Having a pediatric dentist means parents know where to go and who to call in an emergency.
- Avoid sugary drinks and use water to transition from bottle to cup
- Remember that preventative care pays: Costs are 40% lower in the first five years for children who have their first dental visit before age 1, the AAPD estimates. Pediatric dentists aim to make that first exam as standard as any other medical checkup during the first year of life.
New parents don’t forget to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with us today!