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25 January 2011

Off to the dentist!

At what age should the first dental visit be? And, is it necessary to have milk teeth filled? A paediatric dentist has the answers.

Most milk teeth are present in the mouth at the age of two, therefore it would seem that this would be the ideal time for the child’s first dental appointment. However, prevention is better than cure, and visits to the dentist as early as one year of age could be beneficial for both parent and child.

Care of the primary dentition is often neglected as it is thought that milk teeth are of a temporary nature and are going to fall out anyway. However, proper care of these teeth could prevent the formation of cavities, minimizing the need for invasive treatment such as fillings and extractions.

 
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