CNN (9/20, Udesky) discusses the age at which children should begin visiting the dentist, linking to a MouthHealthy.org article that states a “child’s first dental visit should take place after that first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines also recommend this. Alicia Malaby, spokeswoman for the California Dental Association, explains that dentists encourage dental exams for young children because they want to help “improve community health outcomes.” CNN discusses some of the unique challenges dentists face with treating infants and toddlers, noting “the public health agencies of San Francisco and Alameda counties are launching pilot programs” that will provide information on “how to coax infants into cooperating and help parents guard against tooth decay.”
MouthHealthy.org offers information and resources on caring for children’s teeth.
We love to see all the young children! The dentists at Hillside Dental encourages parents to bring in their young children for that first dental exam. Call our office at (715)834-6603 to schedule an appointment.