Cutting your teeth on Ireland's dental service
The Irish Times
April 10, 2012
Up to half of children in Ireland have tooth decay by the age of five yet the public dental screening service does not kick in until at least the age of seven
WHEN PARENTS celebrate the milestone of their baby s first tooth at about six months, the prospect of bringing the child to the dentist seems very far off.
Certainly, if they take their lead from the public dental service in this country, it is not something to think about until well into primary school.
But in fact the Irish Dental Association recommends that children are brought for their first check-up by the age of one.
In the US, where it was recently reported that dental decay is on the rise in pre-school children for the first time in 40 years, both the American Academy of Paediatrics and the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry stress the importance of children having a dental home by their first birthday. They are then more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral healthcare.
Up to half of children in Ireland have tooth decay by the age of five yet the public dental screening service does not kick in until at least the age of seven.....
One minute they have wonderful teeth far better than NI apart from 40% fluorosis then you read this.