Why early childhood dental visits are important

Dental Checkups

The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. Youngsters with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that every child should visit a dentist by age 1 – or as soon as the first tooth appears. This “well baby visit” teaches parents and caregivers how to care for their children’s teeth and help them remain cavity-free.

For example, pediatric dentists see many young patients with cavities that came from falling asleep with a bottle of milk or juice. The dentist can tell the parent or caregiver:

  • Why this causes decay
  • The importance of encouraging children to drink milk, water and juice from a cup as they approach their first birthday
  • How to brush young teeth.

Dentists also encourage mothers to stop on-demand nighttime breastfeeding, after the child’s first teeth come through.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten.


source: “Why early childhood dental visits are important”  thecenterforpediatricdentistry.com The Center For Pediatric Dentistry University Of Washington, Web May 3rd 2018.

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About Pediatric Dentistry Of Pleasant Hill

You will find our office to be a pleasant and caring environment. We know a positive experience can set the tone for your child’s future dental health. That is why our office has been designed to be “kid friendly”. Even more importantly, our pediatric dentists and professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. We establish trust with your child by creating a safe and happy place for them to be. The latest in dental technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.




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