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What moms should know about caring for their baby's teeth
Updated: 5/10/2011 5:00:02 PM

Early dental visits can help children avoid untreated dental cavities in the future A hot topic of debate in the dental community is the age at which a baby should first visit the dentist. Some experts say that it should happen when the infant develops their first tooth at around 6 months, while others believe the trip should be put off until he or she is 3. A recent article published by CNN Health provides evidence supporting the theory that earlier dental visits are best.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that mothers can remember when to take their baby to the dentist by keeping in mind the phrase 'first visit by first birthday.'

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention back up these recommendations, since they show that 20 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 5 already have at least one untreated cavity.

Parents need not worry that their infant will be subjected to poking and prodding with dental pics or drills. The news provider explained that this first visit is mainly an informational session for family oral care, although a dentist will check for proper tooth growth and decay.

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