You and Your Child
Pediatric dentists advise parents that regular dental care should begin by age one to prevent tooth decay as a child becomes older. They will also advise the parent of the importance of good oral health for the Mother and Father which is directly related to preventing tooth decay in the child. Tooth decay is the #1 childhood disease in America and has increased in 2 to 5 year old children in the last 15 years.
The prevention of
dental disease is an important consideration during the first few visits.
Your pediatric dentist will discuss gum diseases and explain how to avoid
them or how to minimize damage if it already has started. He/she will
discuss a program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing,
diet control, and the importance of fluorides and xylitol containing dental products by both the child and the parents.
should begin tooth-brushing as soon as the first tooth appears in the
He/she also may discuss early
childhood caries (baby bottle tooth decay and sippy cup tooth decay), a pattern of decay associated
with prolonged nursing. The teeth in a child who either sleeps with a bottle
or who nurses frequently can develop a type of decay that attacks quite
rapidly. The upper front teeth and then upper and lower back teeth decay
rapidly and all of the baby teeth may be destroyed if the condition is not
detected and corrected early enough. To prevent nursing caries, pediatric
dentists recommend that a child be weaned by approximately 12 months of
age. Actually preventing tooth decay in your child begins at birth. Go to Branamsmile.com to
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This 14-month-old child has nursing bottle decay.
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