Caring for Baby Teeth
Before coming to the dentist, here are some guidelines for at-home dental care before baby teeth appear:
Dental caries remains the most common chronic disease of childhood, more than four times more prevalent than asthma. National surveys report that more than 50% of children still experience caries in their primary teeth. National surveys have reported that 41% of 2-11-year-olds had dental caries in their primary teeth and 42% of 6-19-year-olds had caries in their permanent teeth. The National Center for Health Statistics reports an even higher prevalence: (i) 23% of 2-5-year-olds; (ii) 56% of 6-8-year-olds; and 58% experiencing caries in their permanent teeth during adolescence. Early dental visits can prevent suffering, reduce dollars spent on future surgical and emergency dental services, and maximize the chances for children to grow up with healthy, happy smiles, even if they are what we call, “age appropriate,” at the dentist.