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Children need early and frequent trips to the dentist
Updated: 7/24/2012 6:00:10 PM

Children need early and frequent trips to the dentist  

It's important to remember that almost all dental health problems a person will encounter are entirely preventable through healthy dental care habits. Recently, the Hudson-Star Observer, a Wisconsin news source, spoke to local dentists who explained how simple it can be to prevent kids from developing tooth decay, even though some parents still fail to do so.

"Prevention is the biggest thing," said pediatric dentist Darcy Rindelaub, quoted by the news source. "Parents don't get kids in early enough. Teeth are attached to the body so if a tooth is infected, it can make kids ill rapidly."

Many parents believe they can wait until their child has several teeth before taking them to the dentist. In reality, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children make their first trip to a dental health professional by the age of 1, or when their first tooth appears.

Rindelaub told the Observer that in the past two years she has seen oral infections in three children under the age of 8 that required immediate hospitalization. These children should have been visiting the dentist more regularly. 

The ADA states that baby teeth are just as important as permanent teeth because they teach kids how to properly speak and chew. This is why it's important to take a child for regular dental check ups.

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