by Luis A. Cruz, D.M.D.
When it comes to caring for an infant, most parents are well aware of the need for routine pediatrician visits as part of their baby’s healthcare regimen. What’s less well-recognized is the importance that early and regular dental care play. For optimal oral health, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that dental visits begin within 6 month of the appearance of a child’s first tooth as an effective way to kick-start a lifelong program of preventing dental disease.
Despite the fact that baby teeth are eventually replaced by permanent adult teeth, it’s important that they remain healthy and in place until they’re lost naturally since they serve several critical functions, including:
In addition to regular dental visits, there are many things parents can do to help their children prevent tooth decay:
Proper oral care is important in ensuring children enjoy overall good health. The AAPD encourages all caregivers to support proper oral care at home and to make sure all children see a pediatric dentist by their first birthday.