Pioneer Valley Dental | Infant Dental Care in West Valley City

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West Valley City—At what age should a baby have his or her first dental appointment?  According to Pioneer Valley Dental’s Dr. R. Taylor World, it’s important that babies visit a family dentist when their first tooth appears, which usually means between six months and one year.

     “Children who start out with good dental care dramatically improve their chances of having good teeth throughout their life.  Most people don’t realize that as soon as children stop breast feeding and begin consuming anything else, teeth are at risk for decay,” World says.

     World adds that parents should begin brushing their child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.  “Make sure you buy a soft, age-appropriate toothbrush.  The toothbrush should be smeared with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste.  You can increase the amount of toothpaste to pea-size when your child is between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.  Also, make sure that you help young children with the brushing process for the first few years of their life.”

     World warns, “Often times, parents make the mistake of giving fruit juice in a bottle while the child is falling asleep.  Fruit juice can be extremely acidic, which can lead to decay.  I’d suggest that fruit juice only be served with meals, and be given to a child in a cup.  If you’re going to put a baby down with a bottle, use only water.”

     Another issue parents often raise with World is thumb and finger sucking.  World says, “This type of behavior is normal for infants, but if it continues beyond age 3, it can lead to crooked teeth and/or bite problems.  Family dentists can suggest ways to eliminate thumb and finger sucking if necessary.”

     World studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Utah, and received his dental degree at the University of Iowa in 1986, where he graduated at the top of his class.  After graduation, he entered into a partnership with Dr. Tom Broadbent and formed Pioneer Valley Dental.

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