Baby teeth matter! According to the CDC, approximately 50% of children will have some form of dental decay between the age of 2 to 11 years. Kids with untreated cavities will be 3 times more likely to miss school and 4 times more likely to have a lower grade point average compared to kids without dental issues. Untreated decay in primary teeth or “baby teeth” can also affect development of a child’s permanent dentition. Uncontrolled decay can often lead to underdeveloped tooth structure and demineralized enamel. This can lead to increased risk of dental decay in adulthood and unsightly patches of discoloration that often cannot be removed even with professional whitening products.
When should you take your baby to see the dentist?
Dr. Jin recommends taking your baby to their first dental exam between 6-12 months or when you see their first baby tooth erupting. The main goal of the appointment is to get your baby to be used to routine dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Jin also reviews personalized home care instructions and diet counseling in detail to ensure your baby stays healthy and happy. Dr. Jin also works closely with some of the best pediatric dental specialists in the area to make sure we provide the best care to our tiny patients.