Check out this article from Children Memorial Hospital on the importance of dental care for young children. The article is broken up into topics ranging from Etiology of dental caries in infants, parents with high rate of dental caries, to children with visible caries, plaque, demineralization, and/or staining.
Pediatricians promote avid dental care for children, stressing the importance of evaluating every by child by 6 months of age for different risks concerning the development of dental caries. The article also has a list of risk factors that should be assessed and referred to a pediatrician, within the child’s first year of life.
“Although dental caries is preventable, it is found in more than 40 percent of children by the time they reach kindergarten. Since children are at risk for developing dental caries as soon as the first tooth erupts, pediatricians are in an excellent position to offer preventive strategies to new parents. This review will help pediatricians to assess the level of risk for tooth decay, recognize when dental referral is needed, and provide anticipatory guidance on dental health at various developmental stages.”