When should your child first visit the dentist? It might be earlier than you think.
Most American children don’t see their family dentist until they are well over 2 years old, far later than is recommended by both dental and medical professionals. That’s one of the key findings from a 2009 survey of American children’s oral health, conducted by Morpace, Inc., on behalf of Delta Dental Plans Association. Delta Dental commissioned the survey to gain greater knowledge about the state of children’s oral health.
The survey of primary caregivers revealed that, for those children who had seen a dentist – and 34 percent had not – the average age at the initial visit was 2.6 years. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
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April is National Facial Protection Month
Spring makes us smile more as the weather gets warmer, there are flowers blooming around. Spring also means parents frantically running around with their kids to various sports fields, practices and games.
Keep your athletes smiling! Make sure their uniform includes a mouth guard. They’re 60 times more likely to damage their teeth without one.
What Is a Mouthguard?
A mouth guard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. The dental profession unanimously supports the use of mouth guards in a variety of sports activities.