Today’s we have a vital message for new parents or parents-to-be.
For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to begin children’s dentist visits before the third birthday.
The AAP and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now counsels parents to take their toddler to a dentist before their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth appears.
Why? Prevention, prevention, prevention! Sadly, even though pediatricians guide parents about children’s oral health, dentists find advanced cavities in very young children.
Moreover, high-risk kids should be seen as early as possible. Here are some of the risk factors:
- Sleeping with a bottle
- Drinking juice continually during the day
- Abnormal tooth development including demineralization and staining
- Thumb sucking
- Tooth grinding
- A mother with extreme dental caries
- Other health troubles
To communicate with us about pediatric dentistry or make an appointment for your toddler, call 270-683-0620. Drs. David Thompson and Vicki Frey and the friendly and helpful team here at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry take special care of our youngest patients. We work with parents to ensure that their children’s smiles start out healthy and stay healthy as they grow.
We also pamper busy parents who come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry. Let us provide you and your children with outstanding dental care.