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Too many children are visiting the dental health professional for the first time when they already have a mouthful of cavities. That's because despite recommendations from the American Dental Association, many parents do not take their child to the dentist until well past the age of 1, which is the recommended age for the first dental visit. Recently, The Gazette, an Iowa news source, reported that only 8 percent of Iowa children see the dentist by age 1.
"Tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable. But to help prevent cavities, it’s important to begin good oral health habits, like visiting the dentist, when children are very young," said Ed Schooley, D.D.S., quoted by the news source.
The information provider stated that studies have shown that early dental treatments can not only alleviate the pain from untreated dental problems, but can also save on long-term dental costs.
WhatToExpect.com suggests taking a child to a pediatric dentist for their first visit, rather than to the parents' dental health professional. Pediatric dentists are trained to deal with frightened or squirmy children and their waiting rooms are filled with distractions like games and toys to calm kids down.
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