Initially I decided on the topic of toddlers and dentistry to get input from parents on how to prepare my two year old for his first trip to the dentist. I've found a dentist in the after doing some research and an extensive poll on my personal Facebook page (sarcasm).
My son had always been excited about brushing his teeth and reminds me when he wakes up, after lunch and before he gets in the bed at night. But I feel uneasy about how he'll react to the chair, noises, tools, and mostly the man behind the mask!
As I started doing some research for this article, I ran across a New York Times piece on the rise in preschool cavitites.
The New York Times' article discussed how dentists are facing more young children and toddlers with cavities that need so much dental work the dentists are needing to put them completely under with general anesthesia.
One example in the story was a 2 1/2-year-old child who had cavities on 11 of his 20 baby teeth. His pediatric dentist had to extract two incisors, perform a root canal on a molar, and give the rest fillings and crowns.
Dentists quoted in the story put the blame parents, saying today's parents are less likely to enforce general preventative methods:
- Twice-a-day brushing
- Fail to get their children into regular dental care soon enough
- Give their children bottled water that has no fluoride
- Too much sugar without brushing afterwards
- Too much juice
Parents Talk Discussion
So lets get the discussion started.
- How do/did you prepare your toddler for the dentist?
- Do you agree with the dentists' summation of today's parents and preventative dental methods?