SUNDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Every baby has a beautiful smile, and to keep it that way, parents should teach good dental habits at an early age, experts say.
A child's first dental appointment should occur six months after the first teeth erupt or by their first birthday. After that, it is recommended that children see a dentist every six months.
"Childhood dental decay is largely preventable, and taking your child to see a dentist at an early age is the best way to prevent future oral health problems," Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr. R. Claire Campbell said in an academy news release. "This will instill positive behaviors that will result in a lifetime of good oral health."
As part of National Children's Dental Health Month in February, the group offered the following tips for parents:
"The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example," Campbell said. "Allow your child to watch you brush your teeth to teach the importance of good oral hygiene."
The Nemours Foundation has more about keeping your children's teeth healthy.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: Academy of General Dentistry, news release, Jan. 30, 2013
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