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Early dental visits may provide long-term benefits for young patients
Updated: 7/20/2010 7:00:02 PM

Early dental visits may provide long-term benefits for young patients When it comes to dental care, new parents may be unsure about when to begin emphasizing the importance of oral hygiene. Parents may also be curious as to when they should first bring their child to the dentist.

Today's pediatric dentists recommend parents should bring their children to the dentist sooner rather than later. Experts suggest that around the child's first birthday or when their teeth first start coming in as the best time to visit the dentist, according to

At the first appointment, dentists will typically advise the parents about how to make at-home dental treatments part of every day life. This includes monitoring how their child brushes their teeth, flosses and rinses with fluoride.

Gaurav Agarwal, a Winchester-based pediatric dentist in West Virginia, told the news source that "I typically tell parents when you can trust them to keep your kitchen floors clean or when you can trust them to do dishes is when you can trust them to keep their teeth clean."

By making an effort to get their children to a dentist at a young age, parents are helping their kids avoid suffering from tooth decay. In fact, 50 percent of children in the U.S. will develop tooth decay by the third grade, according to the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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