Parents Advised To Provide Early Care For Children’s Baby Teeth

The Urbana/Champaign (IL) News-Gazette (8/19) recommends children start receiving dental care very early, stating that many parents may not realize how important it is to care for baby teeth. According to the article, dentists recommend children visit the dentist when their first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday, adding that one Illinois dentist said this helps establish a positive relationship between the child and the dentist. Caring for baby teeth is important because the teeth not only help children chew, but also help form a path for permanent teeth to follow, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, the article reports that American Dental Association advises parents to schedule a morning visit for their child and avoid using dental visits as a reward or punishment.