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Parents who are concerned about their children's dental health should be sure to bring their youngsters to the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first baby tooth, the Academy of General Dentistry advises.
This first dental checkup is crucial to check on a variety of issues that may affect the dental health of infants.
However, a 2002 survey by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reveals that nearly seven out of 10 parents do not bring their child to a dentist until they are 3 or older.
AGD spokesperson Dr Cynthia E. Sherwood explained that dentists use the initial visit to check for early-childhood caries, as well as educating both parents and kids about proper dental care.
"When we see a toddler, we primarily talk to the parents about growth, development, thumb sucking, bottle and breast feeding, oral hygiene and nutritional issues, use of fluoride and why baby teeth are important," she commented.
The American Dental Association has also advised parents about the importance of early dental checkups, also warning against the practice of putting children to bed with juice-filled or milk-filled bottles. This practice may lead to tooth decay.
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