For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday. As we can confirm at Mirelez Wellness Dental in Fresno, the new thinking in family dentistry is before the child’s first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth.
Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, dentists everywhere continue to find extreme tooth decay in very young children. This is totally unnecessary in a community with sufficient health and dental services.
High-risk children should be seen as early as possible. Following are some of the risk factors:
- Sleeping with a bottle (if you put your child to bed with a bottle, we strongly urge you to stop this practice)
- Drinking juice consistently during the day
- Abnormal tooth development
- Thumb sucking
- Tooth grinding
- A mother with significant tooth decay
- Other health issues
The most effective way to ensure lifelong oral health for kids is to train them early on appropriate daily dental hygiene, provide a healthy, low-sugar diet, and build a relationship with a trusted family dentist. We urge parents to be proactive about their children’s dental health.
At Mirelez Wellness Dental in Fresno, we love seeing our youngest patients. We practice family dentistry, along with cosmetic dentistry. We area mercury-free, holistic practice. Make an appointment today.
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