Parents should take their children to the dentist for their first check-up after their first birthday. Subsequently, they should go for regular check-ups every 6 to 12 months, so your child’s dentist can monitor their oral hygiene, diet and growth patterns. It is best if your child’s first experience occurs at a time before invasive dental work becomes necessary. A ride on the dental chair, magic tricks with “Mr. Thirsty” and visiting the toy chest should make your child’s visit pleasurable and non-threatening. The first visit should also include the counting of teeth while your child looks at what is happening in a hand held mirror. Remember, early dental check-ups makes it easier to build a good rapport with your child to establish a foundation of trust and comfort for future visits.
Preschoolers with Cavities are Increasing!
The number of kids who require 6-10 fillings is on the rise. Nationwide, dentists have also observed this phenomena which is occurring at all income levels.
Dr. Gelfand provides 6 steps to prevention. Read the article here.
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