When it comes to caring for an infant, most parents are well aware of the need for routine pediatrician visits as part of their baby’s health care regimen. What’s less well-recognized is the importance that early and regular dental care plays in good teeth and perfect smile ! For optimal oral health, the IDA ( Indian Dental Association) recommends that dental visits begin with the appearance of a child’s first tooth as an effective way to kick-start a lifelong program of preventive dental care.
The best formula is
“One Baby Tooth + One Dental Visit = Zero Cavities”
“The ‘first-tooth visit’ lets the pediatric dentist check for proper oral and facial development, see if the teeth are growing in properly, and detect early tooth decay if any and also gives the dentist a chance to walk parents through a complete program of home dental care for the child.
Tooth decay, even in the earliest stages of life, can have serious implications for a child’s long-term health and well-being-and it’s becoming more of a problem every day. A recent report from the IDA done in 2019 showed an increase in cavities among two- to five-year olds in India by almost 65%.
Partly due to change in habits of eating and partly due to bad dental hygiene, lack of proper brushing and no visits to the dentists !
Most people think that these “ baby teeth are going to fall off anyway” and so why care ?
But if baby tooth are not healthy , the permanent tooth too will be infected !
A possible contributor to this trend is the fact that only three out of five children visit a dentist at least once a year. While parents may avoid taking a child to the dentist to save money, studies show that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who don’t, making preventive care a sound health and economic decision.
Without preventive care, the impact of tooth decay on child development can be striking. Even more disturbing is evidence that the effects of poor oral health may be felt for a lifetime. Emerging research suggests that improper oral hygiene may increase a child’s risk of having low-birth-weight babies, developing heart disease or suffering a stroke as an adult.
No one is better-equipped to care for primary teeth than pediatric dentists. Pediatric dentists address the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents-including those with special health care requirements. Having the first dental visit in an office designed for kids before the onset of any tooth problems establishes trust and confidence in dental care in children that can carry over into adulthood.
For the best pediatric dentists in town visit Partha Dental Clinic near you !