It's never too early for parents to care for their children's teeth. Recently, New Parent spoke to Dan Sindelar, D.M.D., president and cofounder of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health, who said that if a child has poor dental health by the age of 4, he'll have an 85 percent chance of experiencing dental problems later in life. This is why it's extremely important to bring a child to the dentist by age 1, or when he or she gets his or her first tooth, whichever comes first.
The news source offered some tips on how to keep a child's teeth healthy. Along with brushing and flossing, parents should try to restrict bottles and sippy cups to mealtimes only after the child reaches 6 months of age. According to the American Dental Association, baby bottle tooth decay can occur when a child is put to bed with a drink that contains sugar. When this happens, the sugar in the beverage spends all night serving as food for the bacteria in the mouth, which increases the risk of cavities.
Also, parents should aim to get rid of their child's bottle by his or her first birthday. Finally, parents can always talk to their child's pediatric dentist for more suggestions on how to protect their little one's teeth.
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