Many folks are shocked to learn that the American Academy ofPediatric Dentistrystrongly recommends that parents take their child to see a dentist by their first birthday. While age one may seem very soon for a childs first dental visit, this first visit is essential in diagnosing growth and formation concerns, catching issues while they are minor and easily treated, educating parents on dental care routines and the influence of diet, and introducing the child to the dental office environment at a young age to form a relaxed and positive experience.


Tooth decay is the most prevalent childhood disease amongst children in the United States. In fact, it is a rapidly growing disease that effects more than one-fourth of children under the age of five. Tooth decay is the deterioration of the hard enamel surface of the tooth as a result of bacterial action. Some causes of tooth decay include poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates, fluoride deficiency, diabetes, dry mouth, acidity levels in the saliva, night-time feeding habits, as well as some genetic factors.
Tooth decay may take effect as soon a tooth has erupted in the mouth. Winning Smiles Terrific Toddler Exam includes a full and comprehensive exam by a licensed pediatric dentist to assess the childs risk of tooth decay, as well as craniofacial formation, and general oral health.

By engaging in early, preventative measures, pediatric dentists and parents work together to pave the path toward a lifetime of optimal oral health. During Winning Smiles Terrific Toddler Exam, the child takes part in a knee-to-knee exam, meaning the child is held on the lap of a parent or guardian with his/her head tilted back onto the knees of the hygienist or doctor. A knee-to-knee exam ensures that the child feels safe and comfortable, while the provider has the opportunity to complete a comprehensive examination.

Establishing a positive atmosphere in the office, and creating trusting relationships between patients, their parents, and our providers is of utmost importance to our team. By creating a patient-focused framework for oral health care at a young age, we strive to help our patients maintain healthy smiles for years to come!

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