Many childhood diseases have been eradicated, but at Pediatric Dental Center we’re sorry to report that tooth decay is still too common.
This is from the CDC:
Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.
Disadvantaged populations have an increased risk:
The prevalence of early childhood caries (ECC) differs according to the group examined, and a prevalence of up to 85% has been reported for disadvantaged groups. ECC is the presence of one or more decayed, missing, or filled primary teeth in children aged 71 months (5 years) or younger.
Lifelong oral health starts during infancy. It’s up to moms and dads and health professionals to eradicate childhood tooth decay.
Before the first teeth appear, clean your child’s gums with a soft damp cloth after feeding.
If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Be aware that breast milk is just as harmful if it sits on tiny teeth.
When your infant’s first tooth erupts, begin brushing gently. Use a small, soft toothbrush. Put a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste on the brush. Make sure it’s no larger than a grain of rice.
When that first tooth comes in, or birthday number one arrives, it’s time for a checkup at the Pediatric Dental Center. We specialize in pediatric dentistry, with an emphasis on preventative care. We have offices in Burlington, Cold Spring and Crestview Hills KY. Call for an appointment today!
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