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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, October 20, 2008

Why Pediatric Dentistry is Important

The pediatric dentist specializes in the specific dental needs of young people. From about six months to 12 years of age, children have a mouthful of deciduous or baby teeth. Like other teeth, these need to be cared for to prevent dental caries (tooth decay), the leading childhood ailment.

Unlike adults, young children cannot maintain their own dental hygiene; it is up to the parents to ensure that their baby teeth stay healthy. It is important for your child to visit a pediatric dentist by age one to establish a baseline for continuous oral health management.

Even the first baby tooth that erupts should be cleaned with a damp cloth after each feeding. At about age 5, many children are coordinated enough to start brushing their own teeth with close supervision. A diet of fresh foods is recommended, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, an few sweets or sodas. Developing a habit of brushing and flossing early in life will carry through their teenage and adult years, and ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles.

If you live in the Chicago area and would like to find out more about pediatric dentistry, please contact us at the Colonial Dental Group today to schedule an appointment.

posted by Patti at 8:56 AM

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