A recent survey in Toronto revealed that less than 1% of children aged 12 months and under had visited a dentist.
Children most susceptible to cavities were least likely to receive early dental care, according to the study by Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital.
The report showed that never having visited a dentist was associated with:
- younger age
- lower-income families
- prolonged bottle use
- higher daily intake of sweet drinks
Cavaties in children not only cause pain but can add to feeding and behavioural problems.
Children who receive dental care in their first 12 months have less dental disease, are less likely to require emergency dental work, and dental health costs are lower.