2 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Their Kids' Teeth

Over on Yahoo! Shine, Jessica Ashley interviews Chicago’s favorite pediatric dentist, Dr. Grace Yum, about the two biggest mistakes parents are making regarding their kids oral health (only two?). Dr. Yum also answers five common questions we have about kids, brushing, straight teeth and dentists.

On to the mistakes!

The first big one is waiting too long to take the kid to the dentist. Dr. Yum says kids should see the dentist by, get this, age 1 or when they get their first tooth — whichever is sooner. Sooner?

My oldest and youngest both got their first tooth at 4 months. My middle daughter got hers around 6 months. Not that I’m doubting the good doctor, but I think I’m comfortable with my mistake in this regard.

The second one, though, I agree with.

She says parents make the mistake of taking the kids to a dentist that doesn’t specialize in pediatric dentistry. They’ve had spcialized training that the family dentist didn’t get. Fewer than 3 percent of all dentists are pediatric dentists, so finding one could be challenging. Plus, someone should notify the HMO. Ours only lets us go to a pediatric dentist on referral and our dentist isn’t too keen on sending business elsewhere.

Go here to get answers to common questions about kids and good tooth health, like when to start worrying about braces, whether to floss a 3-year-old and if it’s OK to give the kids adult toothpaste.

Anyone out there take their infant to a dentist? What was it like?

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