Though we don’t often think about it, Alabama children as young as 9 or 10 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which causes cavities and tooth decay. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities, and the percentage rises in children over 6.
Tooth decay, if left undetected or untreated in toddlers and children can result in altered eating habits, delayed speech development, and create an unhealthy environment for permanent tooth development. Healthy baby teeth lead to healthier permanent teeth later in life.
Alabama mothers who practice preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better protect her child from cavities. Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, avoiding nighttime bottle or breast feeding, and clean their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they erupt. It is also recommended that Alabama parents check regularly for chalky white or brown spots which could indicate the beginning of decay.
Alabama cosmetic dentistry professionals and pediatric dentists in the 35205 zip code area advise taking your child to his first dental appointment six months after the first tooth appears, or around his first birthday to begin discussing fluoride prescriptions and other preventive care issues. We also treat adults at our practice and offer a wide range of dental services, including porcelain veneers and dental implants. If you experience anxiety at the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry.
To set up your toddler’s first dental check-up at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry call 205-933-0323 today! Our passionate staff will be happy to answer all of your questions.