The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents that regular dental care should begin 6 months after having the first baby tooth which usually is by one year of age.
The prevention of dental disease is an important consideration during dental visits. After your child's teeth are gently and thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Mohammadi will examine the child's mouth. She will then discuss a program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet control and the importance of fluoride. During the visit, tooth decay and how to avoid it or how to take care of it will be discussed with parents.
The teeth of a child who either sleeps with a bottle or who nurses frequently can develop a type of decay that attacks quite rapidly. The upper front teeth and then upper and lower back teeth cavity can rapidly develop. To prevent nursing caries, the AAPD recommends that a child be weaned by approximately 12-18 months of age.
Key ingredients in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy mouth are brushing twice daily with toothpaste. Fluoridated toothpaste is recommened for children at age 2 or older. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners; eating a balanced diet and limiting number of snacks; and visiting the dentist regularly all can help in preventing cavities. When shopping for toothbrushes, toothpaste and other oral care products, choose those that bear the ADA Seal of Acceptance - an important symbol of dental product's safety effectiveness.
Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. In areas where fluoride does not occur naturally, it may be added to the community water supplies. Research shows that community water fluoridation has lowered decay rates by over 50%, which means that fewer children grow up with cavities. Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels and varnish. The children who live in an area that is lacking fluoride in the water or are on well water, require supplemental fluoride from age 2 till the 12-year molars erupt.