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Dental Care is Crucial During the First Year of Life

  • Proper care for baby teeth is imperative as they serve critical functions, including:
    • Fostering good nutrition by permitting proper chewing
    • Aiding speech development
    • Helping proper development of permanent teeth by saving space for them
  • The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend a dental visit for children by age one.
  • Baby teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay from their very first appearance, on average between the ages of six and 12 months.
  • The associative pain of tooth decay can prevent a child from eating correctly, impacting overall health and development. Additionally, undetected and untreated tooth decay can lead to infection, loss of teeth and expensive and mostly preventable emergency and restorative interventions.
  • A scientific paper in the journal Pediatric Dentistry revealed that children who wait to have their first dental visit until age two or three are more likely to require restorative and emergency visits.

Benefits of the Year One Dental Visit

  • 1 + 1 = ZERO. ONE dental visit when there’s ONE tooth can equal ZERO cavities.
  • Visiting a pediatric dentist by the time the first baby tooth appears enables the child to begin a lifelong preventive dental care program to minimize tooth decay and cavities.
  • Pediatric dentists can detect early tooth decay, provide parents with information on proper oral and facial development, determine fluoride needs and more.
  • The year one dental visit can actually save money. A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who do not, due to the cost of dental and medical procedures that may be necessary as a result of poor oral health.
  • For each 1 year old Happy Kids will provide a special 1st Appt Certificate as a keepsake for their baby book!

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Recommended At-home Dental Care During Year One

Even before baby teeth appear, infants need proper oral care and fluoride supplements to help developing teeth grow strong and avoid early childhood caries.

  • Infants and young children have other unique caries-risk factors including development of dietary habits and childhood food preferences. Careful attention should be paid for night feeding of infants. The presence of sugary fluid or milk next to teeth throughout the night could cause dental caries, it is always recommended that the teeth be brushed or wiped to disrupt the formation of acids by the bacteria using the sugar in the child’s diet.
  • Parents should be encouraged to have infants drink from a cup as they approach their first birthday. Infants should be weaned from the bottle by 12-14 months of age.
  • Baby teeth should be brushed at least twice a day with an age-appropriate sized toothbrush using a “smear” of unfluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended when the child is able to spit the toothpaste. Xylitol Toothpaste is a new addition that is promising to be a good substitute toothpaste for infants.