Today’s message is for new parents or couples planning for children sometime in the future. At Distinctive Dental Services in Lake Jackson, we have a prevention-oriented philosophy of dental care. This is especially true for children.
An Epidemic of Tooth Decay in Young Children
The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have cavities in their primary teeth.
At Distinctive Dental Services, we want to helping today’s children avoid the rampant tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If children are protected from birth, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood. But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about their child’s dental health from the moment they leave the hospital.
You do your best to safeguard your children from illness and infection. It’s crucial to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.
Guidelines for Baby’s 1st Visit
We recommend that a baby visit us within 6 months of their first tooth, or no later than at 1 year of age.
Putting a baby to bed with a bottle creates an ideal environment for cavities. Wipe their teeth and gums with a washcloth after their last meal of the day. If they need a bottle to settle down, fill it with water.
All day sippy cup use can also have negative dental consequences. Talk to us at Distinctive Dental Services for tips on how to keep your child’s mouth healthy.
We know that sleep-deprived new moms and dads have a lot to worry about. Just make sure your child’s dental health isn’t put on the back burner while you figure out how to make everything work. After all, you wouldn’t put off using a child safety seat or scheduling well-child pediatrician visits.
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