Did you know that approximately 35% of Orange County kindergartners have untreated tooth decay? For many parents, there is a natural tendency to focus on the necessity of immunization and preventive health measures for their children. These are all extremely important, of course. But often overlooked in their children’s formative years is how critically essential early and regular dental care is to long-term dental health, childhood development, and overall health.Hold on a minute, you may be thinking: Baby teeth fall out. Why then, is dental health for children ages 0 – 5 so important? Glad you asked. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children with healthy mouths can chew easier and learn to speak more quickly. It is recommended that children make their first visit to the dentist when their first tooth appears, usually around six months of age. The health of primary teeth (also known as baby teeth), and the mouth in general, early on is critical to the growth and development of the child.
Dr. Katherine Ahn, DDS was a guest writer for The Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, and her featured article discusses tips to ensure the oral of young children. Read Dr. Ahn’s entire article in the Laguna Beach Independent.