According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), tooth decay in young children is on the rise.
In fact, tooth decay has increased by 17 percent in 2 to 5-year-olds over the past 10 years. Dentists blame a delay in dental care for this rise.
The AAPD recommends that infants see a dentist for the first time within 6 months of their first tooth popping through, usually by the first birthday. Early dental care, combined with good dental hygiene and healthy eating practices can protect your child from cavities early in life. Go ahead and make that dentist appointment!
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019