Keeping your child's teeth healthy and strong is important to their oral and overall health and development. Baby teeth begin to appear around 6 months and can last until a child is 13 or 14. They are an important part of your child's speech development, self-confidence and play a significant role in the placement of permanent adult teeth.

Without proper care and attention children can suffer from dental disease, even babies and toddlers can experience early childhood decay. Dental decay is painful and can lead to tooth loss or infection. If treatment is required, a dentist may recommend sedation for your child.

The good news is that dental disease is preventable. Establishing dental habits early, including regular dental exams starting at age one, can set your child up for a lifetime of good dental health.