The sooner children begin to get regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups can help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain and trouble concentrating. Kids need healthy teeth to chew food easily, to learn how to speak clearly and to smile with confidence. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that every child should visit a dentist by the time he or she is one, or as soon as the first tooth appears. The dentist can tell the parent or guardian the importance of encouraging children to brush their teeth. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in America. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten. Many have cavities in multiple teeth at a time. It is so important that children have a healthy smile that can last a lifetime.
In order to help your kids develop good dental habits and to build a positive association with the dentist, it is a good idea to bring your kids along with you on your regular visit.
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