The Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. It is by this time that all the factors exist for a cavity to potentially form (i.e. a tooth, sugar and cavity-causing bacteria). It’s best for your child to visit the dentist before there is a problem with his/her teeth.
During this first exam, we will give your child a comprehensive dental check-up that includes an assessment of the health of the teeth, gums, the roof of the mouth, floor of the mouth, tongue, lips, cheeks, and overall bite development. We also perform an evaluation of the extraoral (outside of the mouth) environment. Our staff will discuss ways to help reduce or remove items in the diet (such as breast milk and bottles containing milk or juice before bedtime) that may lead to decay at an early age.
Tooth decay is the number one chronic childhood illness and the most common disease in children today. It is five (5) times more common than asthma and seven (7) times more common than hayfever (common allergies). It is also a totally preventable disease.
We always try to involve parents in an infant oral exam by having them assist in the knee-to-knee exam. This partnership sends the message to your child that dental care is important. It also stresses to parents that infant oral care needs a team approach.