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AAP Offers New Recommendations

Are you the parent of a baby or toddler? Are you confused about when your child should visit the dentist and when you should start brushing your child’s teeth with a toothpaste containing fluoride? If so, you are not alone. Caring for your baby or toddler’s dental health can be confusing. However, it is very important to provide the proper dental care for your child while he or she is a baby/toddler. This preventive care will go a long way in safeguarding their future dental health.

Most dental experts agree that babies should visit the dentist for an oral risk assessment by the time they reach their first birthday. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently offered new guidelines for the oral care of babies and toddlers. These new guidelines were published online in the journal Pediatrics, on August 25, 2014. According to the new guidelines, all children should start using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as the teeth appear. This is regardless of their risk for developing cavities. However, it is important to note that the amount recommended for use does vary according to the child’s age. The AAP recommends using a portion the size of a grain of rice for children under the age of three. Starting at age three, they recommend using a pea-sized portion of fluoride toothpaste. The AAP guidelines also recommend the application of a fluoride varnish by a dentist every three to six months, as soon as the teeth appear.

The changes to the guidelines were due, in part, to the problem of tooth decay in children. Currently, tooth decay is one of the most chronic diseases affecting American children. Additionally, many pediatric dentists are seeing chronic tooth decay in children under the age of three. The new AAP guidelines do not recommend the use of fluoride rinses in children under the age of six. This is due to a concern about the risk for children under the age of six swallowing more than the recommended levels of fluoride.

Caring for your child’s dental health is one of the most important jobs you have as a parent of a young child. If you have questions about caring for your child’s dental health, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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