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 cavities. This is one of the big reasons why kid’s dentistry with The Fayetteville Dentist is so important.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the rate rises in kids over 6.
Tooth decay in children, if left undetected or untreated, 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 observe preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better protect their children from cavities. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, skip nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and go over their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt.
The Fayetteville Dentist practices kid’s dentistry. We recommend taking your child for their initial dental appointment when the first tooth erupts. It’s the first step in a lifetime of good dental health. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and treat conditions like teeth grinding. Schedule an appointment with us today.