-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Every baby has a beautiful
smile, and to keep it that way, parents should teach good dental
habits at an early age, experts say.
A child's first dental appointment should occur six months after
the first teeth erupt or by their first birthday. After that, it is
recommended that children see a dentist every six months.
"Childhood dental decay is largely preventable, and taking your child to see a dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent future oral health problems," Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr. R. Claire Campbell said in an academy news release. "This will instill positive behaviors that will result in a lifetime of good oral health."
As part of National Children's Dental Health Month in February,
the group offered the following tips for parents:
"The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example," Campbell said. "Allow your child to watch you brush your teeth to teach the importance of good oral hygiene."
The Nemours Foundation has more about
keeping your children's teeth healthy.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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