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Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of good dental health. The ADA recommends regular dental check-ups, including a visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and no later than the child's first birthday. Preventive care such as cleanings and if necessary, fluoride treatments, provide children with 'smile' insurance. Routine dental exams uncover problems that can be easily treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal.
Mothers are in a unique position to help prevent oral health problems in their children. Early detection and diagnosis of gum disease and tooth decay can go a long way in saving your child from pain, complications, and perhaps other systemic diseases. Routine dentist visits, twice a year, can detect gum disease in the early stages, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other problems like diabetes. If your child has periodontitis, it is recommended that he or she also sees a doctor for a general evaluation. Aside from routine dentist and doctor visits, establishing effective health behaviors in your child is the most important thing you can teach.
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