Though we don’t often think about it, babies as young as 9 or 10 months can be infected with cavity-producing bacteria, which can cause tooth decay. At Pinnacle Dental Associates in Albany, dental health is a lifelong commitment.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the percentage rises in little ones over 6.
Left untreated, tooth decay in youngsters can result in poor eating habits, delayed speech development, and establish an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.
Mothers who observe preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better protect her child from cavities. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, abstain from nighttime bottle or breastfeeding, and wipe their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt.
Kids should have an initial dental appointment when their first tooth erupts. The child will be examined and you can commence reviewing dental sealants and other preventative measures.
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