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A child should visit the dentist when their first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Density. Unfortunately, the majority of children do not visit a dental health professional until they are 3 , and by then they may already be experiencing tooth decay.
Recently, IF Press published an article about a group of dentists in London that are making it their goal to spread the importance of childhood oral care. Pediatric dentist Clive Friedman told the news source that children may have tooth decay and are unable to communicate that they are in pain, which is why it's so important to bring them to a dentist before a minor dental problem becomes a painful chronic condition.
"Trying to get at [tooth decay] from an early age is the best we can do to stop this distress," said Friedman, quoted by the news source. "It's not just about teeth. Teeth are really the entranceway to our whole health system."
Parents who are wondering how to properly care for their child's teeth should consult their local dentist. It's important to remember that parents should be attending to their baby's oral health even before they have teeth by gently wiping an infants gums with a clean towel.
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