Though we don’t often think about it, toddlers as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which can cause tooth decay. Koch Park Dental, your dentist in Florissant MO, reminds you how serious a problem this can turn into.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the number rises in kids over six. Tooth decay can result in poor eating habits, delayed speech development, and create an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.
Mothers who adhere to preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better safeguard her child from dental caries. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, avoid nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and go over their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt.
Pediatric dentists advise taking your child to his initial dental appointment when the first tooth erupts. He will be examined and you can begin discussing fluoride prescriptions and other preventative measures.