Why is it so Important to Start Young?
An important recommendation from The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday, but some parents wait until their kids are much older. When you get them in early, we can educate you and your kids about proper home care and diet, and their visits are likely to be less stressful in the future. At first, you only need to wipe your baby’s teeth off with a wet cloth after he eats or drinks. You can “graduate” to a toothbrush, and as soon as your child has teeth that are touching, start flossing. Pediatric dentists see many children with cavities due to falling asleep with a bottle of milk or juice. Dentists encourage mothers to stop on-demand nighttime breastfeeding after the child’s first teeth come through.
Teething – between 3 and 9 months, your infant’s baby teeth will begin to erupt. Teething may make your child irritable or fussy and may cause restlessness, drooling or loss of appetite.
Pacifiers – sucking is a normal part of the development that is comforting to children well into their first years of life. In fact, sucking often brings comfort even after a child no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle.
Baby bottle tooth decay – this occurs when acid formed by bacteria on the teeth, from sugars in foods and beverages, damages the tooth enamel. This causes demineralization and eventually can lead to a cavity.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decayed by the time they reach kindergarten.