A. The earlier the better!
Did you know The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children see a dentist by their first birthday to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
That may surprise some of you!
How important is it?
Well, I sometimes check out what health legislation is happening in different states as indicators of the importance of a health issue. Just recently the state of Maine, in a progressive move, signed into law that employer dental plans extend coverage to children of employees from the age of birth.
The quote below from Maine's press release says it all:
"Children who receive early preventive care, starting at age 1, can have 50% less tooth decay,” noted Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a Maine pediatric dentist and president of the Maine Dental Association.
Dr. Shenkin goes on to say that when your baby's teeth first appear in the mouth (that's about at age 6 months) that's a great time to schedule a first dental visit
Want to learn more? The folks at AnimatedTeeth.com have a great, easy to read and well illustrated description of what to expect in your new baby's mouth.
So check it out, new Moms and Dads!
Dr. Paul Hettinger is a general dentist. However, he refers the very young children of his patients to some excellent pediatric dentists.