2) But my Pediatrician says that my child is too young…

For years, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommendation for a child’s first dental visit be at 3 years of age. Recently, the AAP has changed these recommendations to the age of 1. Dental problems can begin early. Children’s teeth erupt as early as 6 months. That’s 2 ½ years that your child continues their dental development unsupervised without instructions on care, prevention or diet counseling – putting them at risk for the development of caries! The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Your child risks severe decay from using a bottle during naps or at night or when they nurse continuously from the breast. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.

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