November 2016: Did you know that early introduction to dentistry reduces kids' fear?

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The Canadian Dental Association recommends children to see a dentist as soon as the first tooth reupts or by 12 months of age and regularly thereafter. This helps establish a dental home for the child as well as develops a positive relationship between your child and the dentist. Establishing this routine early can 'normalize' regular visits to the dentist and lessen fear.

Tooth decay can start as soon as the tooth erupts into the mouth. According to a Canadian Institute of Health Information report, treating severe early childhood cavities accounts for about 1/3 of all hopsital day surgeries performed on children aged 1-4. Your dentist can give you ways to help prevent your child from developing cavities; tips on cleaning your child's teeth, when to use fluoridated toothpaste and good eating habits! 

Resources: 

http://www.firstvisitfirsttooth.ca

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/lance/correspondent/Early-introduction-to-dentistry-reduces-kids-fear-400277991.html

Dr. Vredenburg