I have read a number of the threads on "Dental" here and have only one thing to say... Please have your child seen by a dentist or pediatric dental trained physician by their first birthday. Having their baby teeth and gums checked by their first birthday will help establish a dental home for the child and get them used to seeing a dentist, hopefully relieving them of dentist anxiety later on down the road. It will also help ensure you are giving your child the best preventive care that will establish a model of behavior that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Yes, cavities in baby teeth can be painful. Yes this pain can prevent them from eating healthy foods, distract them from learning in school and prevent them from smiling, laughing and developing proper speech. And yes, cavities in baby teeth can pass on to permanent teeth causing further damage. Don't compromise your child's oral AND overall health by ignoring their baby teeth.
So many of the problems I've read about here could have been prevented, so please brush and floss every day and please please take them to the dentist by their first birthday. And keep up on their annual exams. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Id rather brush through the whining and tantrums with my little girl than have her suffer through fillings, extractions or worse, not to mention the financial cost.
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