(WTNH) — February is National Children’s Dental Month. Pediatric Dentist and owner of Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, Erica Pitera helps parents keep on top of their child’s oral health.
Dr. Pitera says she sees as young as one and two year old children in her practice who have dental decay. National statistics show that hat 50% of kindergartners have had a cavity.
Dr. Pitera recommends first bringing your child in for their first dentist appointment by their first birthday.
As soon as parents start ti see their child’s teeth coming in, Dr. Pitera says parents should start brushing those teeth right away. Parents can use a finger tooth brush or a small infant tooth brush. Dr. Pitera says even though the teeth are new, they are still susceptible to decay.
A vast majority of your child’s first dental appointment will be filled with talking, and educating the parent on what they should be doing to make sure their child’s teeth develop healthily. Dr. Pitera says they make the babies feel very comfortable, and quickly examine their mouth while in the parent’s lap.
Dr. Pitera recommends fluoride varnish every six months to provide extra minerals for the growing teeth.