Children start off with an initial set of “baby teeth” that will eventually be displaced by permanent ones. Just because they have a spare set of chompers, though, does not mean that kids get a free pass when it comes to maintaining oral health. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recently released a report highlighting the importance of caring for your little one’s teeth:
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) first-ever "State of Little Teeth Report" underscores the significant threat that tooth decay has to the health, welfare, and future of children in the U.S. And while studies show that delaying the first dental exam until the age of 2 or 3 can have an adverse impact on a child's oral health, the "State of Little Teeth Report" reveals that 40 percent of parents and caregivers surveyed wait to take their child to the dentist until after age 2. To address this nation-wide threat to children's health, the AAPD is launching the Monster-Free Mouths Movement, an educational campaign to arm parents and caregivers with important tools and information to help fight tooth decay, also known as the Mouth Monsters.
The AAPD’s kid-friendly campaign is an apt answer to the near-epidemic prevalence of tooth decay among the nation’s youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dental caries is one of the most common diseases among children, occurring five times more often than asthma and seven times more than hay fever. Furthermore, the CDC adds that 42% of kids have cavities in their baby teeth, while 21% had some in their permanent teeth.
As you might expect, parents are vital to ensuring a child’s oral health. Aside from instilling the habit of regular tooth brushing and flossing, parents should also develop a close partnership with a pediatric dentist in Philadelphia, such as Dr. Gerald Regni, as soon as their kid’s teeth start growing out. This way, dental problems can be caught and addressed at the earliest possible time.
That being said, parents should carefully choose which dentist or dental practice to take their kids to. For starters, make sure that your kids’ dentist is quite adept at making them comfortable on the dentist’s chair so they don’t develop an aversion to dental visits. As well, the practice you choose should have an emergency dentist in Philadelphia on call in case your child’s teeth suddenly ache or when rough play knocks one out.
(America’s Pediatric Dentists Bite Into Problem of Rampant Tooth Decay In Little Teeth and Encourage Parents to Join the Monster-Free Mouths Movement, AAPD.org, January 28, 2014)