Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dental Visits to Start in Infancy

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Dental Visits to Start in Infancy

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Dental Visits to Start in Infancy

A new study has found that the ideal time to take a child for the first dental visit is when the child is an infant.

The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry, reported on the Infant Oral Health Program at the University of Iowa, which was initiated in 1984. The program, directed by pediatric dentist Dr. Stephen J. Goepferd, is one of a few devoted to dental care of infants.

The report also supports recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that the first dental visit take place by the age of one -- and notes that even children as young as six months can benefit from dental care.

One of the key findings of the program, which indicates the need for early preventive care, notes the fact that about half of the children seen risked developing nursing bottle tooth decay -- a serious decay of the primary teeth which can lead to problems in permanent teeth. Nursing bottle caries can be caused by overuse of milk, juice or soda as pacifiers.

The study observed that the longer a child stays on a bottle past twelve months of age, the greater the chance that the bottle will be misused. …

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