Young children can start to develop dental caries as soon as their first teeth enter the mouth. As a parent, awareness and prevention can never start too early.
It may be difficult to see all your child’s teeth, especially the back molars, and so many children develop cavities before their parents realise there is a problem. By the time a child gets toothache the cavity will already be quite deep. It is best to take your child for a check-up at the dentist at around 1 year old.
An early check-up enables the dentist to assess the risk factors for your child developing dental decay and give personalised preventive advice. Also, if early signs of dental decay are seen, it may be possible to prevent it progressing to become a cavity.
In future blogs we will be focusing on what you can do at home to keep your child’s teeth healthy.