Keeping Tiny Teeth in Top Condition

A little boy smiling against a blue backgroundIn observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reminds parents to take care of their children’s teeth. Every child should visit the dentist by his or her first birthday and promote at-home oral health habits to prevent future problems.

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“During a child’s first dental visit, the dentist can carefully examine the development of the child’s mouth,” says AGD Spokesperson Kay Jordan, DDS, FAGD. “Many parents are surprised to learn that their little ones can develop tooth decay, or cavities, as soon as their teeth appear.”

More than 16.5 million children in the U.S. suffer from tooth decay, and children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth. Moreover, research shows that many parents lack basic information about their children’s oral health.