Healthy baby teeth are important. The team at Montz & Maher Dental Group cares about all of their patients, and wants to make sure that your child starts out with great oral health. Babies as young as 9 months of age can be infected with cavity producing bacteria, which can cause tooth decay. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 20% of children 2-5 have untreated cavities. This percentage rises in children over 6.
Tooth decay, if left undetected or untreated in young children can result in poor 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.
- A mother who observes preventive dental and oral care during prenatal and postnatal periods can better safeguard her child from tooth decay.
- Parents and care providers should not prop a bottle for their baby in a crib or car seat, avoid nighttime bottle or breastfeeding, and clean their child’s teeth with a cloth or soft baby toothbrush as soon as they appear.
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1 ‘ Untreated Dental Caries in Children,’ CDC.gov, February 9, 2011,http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsUntreatedCavitiesKids/, accessed on February 6, 2012