This post from the dentists at Alaska Premier Dental Group is for new parents, or for anyone planning for children sometime in the future.
An Epidemic of Tooth Decay in Young Children
The statistics on early childhood tooth decay are sobering. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 42% of U.S. children between 2 and 11 years old have in their primary teeth.
At Alaska Premier Dental Group, we are enthusiastic about helping toddlers avoid the rampant tooth decay that has plagued previous generations. If children are protected early in life, they are more likely to maintain good oral health throughout the rest of their childhood.
But this is only possible if parents make it a priority. We urge new parents to be proactive about child dental health from the moment they leave the hospital. Dental authorities advise bringing a child to the dentist as soon as their teeth come in, and no later than their first birthday.
You do your best to safeguard your children from illness and infection. It’s vital to understand that tooth decay is an infectious disease with serious long-term consequences.
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