If you’re wondering when you should bring your young child to the dentist, if he or she has even one tooth, it’s not too early. According to a recent study, even the youngest kids are at a pretty high risk for developing cavities. Early pediatric dentistry appointments can be the key to protecting your child's oral health.
There is a reason for this, and it has to do with a fungus known as “yeast.” According to Science Daily, yeast could be an explanation for why so many toddlers seem to be developing cavities. Young children who eat and drink a lot of sugar increase their risk of cavities because the sugar provides a ready food for the yeast, increasing the development of dental caries.
Your dentist in Chico, South Chico Dental Care, looks forward to seeing your children when their first teeth erupt.
Kids and Cavities
Before you hand your child another sugary drink, you should consider estimates by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that half of youngsters under age 12 have cavities, with 25 percent of those cavities in their permanent teeth.
Bringing your child to the dentist twice each year for an examination and cleaning create good habits that can last a lifetime. Children who are accustomed to going to the dentist as children tend to have less anxiety about the dentist as adults as well.
Until your child is old enough and has the dexterity to properly brush and floss, it’s up to parents to help. Use a toothpaste that has fluoride, and ask your dentist about extra fluoride treatments to provide further protection against cavities. Dental sealants are also available to provide a barrier between your child’s tooth and potential bacteria.
Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy
Make an appointment for your child at the first sign of tooth eruption with your Chico dentist. The latest news on cavities in kids means you don’t want to put off that first dental appointment. We look forward to meeting your child!