February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and Baton Rouge Moms is partnering with local dentists to bring you helpful information, tips and support to help your children achieve good oral health!
Did You Know Your Child Should See a Pediatric Dentist by His/Her First Birthday?
To many parents I speak with, this comes as a surprise! The sooner children begin regular dental check-ups, the healthier their mouths will be throughout their lives.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend every child should visit a dentist by age 1, or as soon as the first tooth appears. This initial, “well baby visit” teaches parents and caregivers how to care for their child’s teeth and gums to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Studies have shown that preschool-aged children are getting more cavities. In fact, more than 1 in 4 children in the US has had at least one cavity by the age of four. Many children get cavities as early as age two!
The purpose of the Age One dental visit is to learn about your child’s oral health and how best to care for his or her unique needs with proper oral hygiene techniques, diet discussions and cavity prevention tactics.
We all know that many people have a fear of going to the dentist (you may be one of them) so early check-ups with a pediatric dentist can help eliminate that fear by providing a friendly and fun experience for your child. A Pediatric Dentist is trained in working with young, immature and sometimes frightened children and those with special needs. Start your child’s oral health on the right foot and schedule your pediatric dental appointment. You (and your little one) will be glad you did.
Dr. Erin Maturin
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Ascension Children’s Dental