The American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry states that children should see a dentist when the first tooth erupts and not later than 1 year of age i.e. 'First visit by first birthday'.
To prevent early childhood cavities (holes in the teeth), parents have to find out their child's risk of developing cavities. Their also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems. But cavitiry aren't all that parents need to learn about their child's dental health. The 1st dental visit let's parents discuss.
- 1. How to care for an infant's or toddler's mouth.
- 2. Proper use of fluoride.
- 3. Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking.
- 4. Ways of preventing accidents that cold damage face and teeth.
- The high-risk group includes
- 1. People with medical conditions (sickle cell disease, Down syndrome etc)
- 2. Diabetes (also found in young people)
- 3. People with mouth uclers.
- 4. People with weak immune response to bacteria infection.
- What to expect at the dental clinic.
1. Review your child's history
2. Response to your questions and concerns.
3. Talk to you about your child's overall oral health, including technique of tooth brushing and recommended fluoride toothpaste.
Remember, the mouth is said to be "the mirror of the body". Please take your children to see a dentist on their next holiday!