Review Article| Volume 48, ISSUE 4, P889-922, October 2004

Lasers in pediatric dentistry

      Treating infants and young children is a rewarding experience, especially when we guide parents and children down the path of prevention and interception of oral disease. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child's first visit to the dentist occur no later than 6 months after the first teeth erupt, or around a child's first birthday [
      Oral health policies, 2002–2003.
      ]. During the initial visit, the pediatric dentist can assess medical histories, educate parents on healthy oral practices (eg, brushing, flossing, diet, oral habits, and fluoride), evaluate a child's risk of developing oral problems, and, when appropriate, determine necessary preventive or interceptive actions. Oral examinations by 1 year of age allow for earlier recognition and treatment of soft-tissue pathologies and anomalies, such as tongue-ties, that appear at birth.
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