According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, nearly 50% of children have tooth decay before the age of five. A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that over one-third (36.4%) of children ages one through five in San Diego County have never been tooken via dental equipment.
Now February is National Children's Dental Health Month and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is encouraging parents and caregivers to use protective measures and care for healthy teeth. Pediatric dentists say parents should make an appointment with the dentist before the child's first tooth appears. In fact, 90% of dental decay can be prevented.
"There is a great need for accessible oral health services in our communities," said Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, Chairwoman of the First 5 Commission of San Diego. "There is an even stronger demand for dental health education. Families want to know how to prevent cavities and protect their children's smiles."
Good oral health is important for the overall healthy development of young children. A pregnant woman's oral health impacts the health of her baby; a young child's good oral health is important to learning and school success. First 5 San Diego encourages parents and caregivers to begin taking care of children's teeth and gums early on with the following helpful tips:
Take your child to the dental clinic for tooth care before the age one.
To build a good life style in his childhood.
If you are pregnant, be sure to visit your dentist timely, and get necessary dental treatment.