I followed the recommendations to take my teething 10-month old to a dentist:
- American Dental Association: the reasons given are to “check for mouth injuries, cavities or other issues”
- American Association of Pediatric Dentistry: the reason given is “to prevent dental problems”.
In an hour-long visit, about 5 seconds involved the dentist actually looking at the few teeth that were visible (the remainder was mostly tapping health insurance and medical history into a tablet with a baby in one hand). No photos or X-rays. What was the point of this? How does a dentist identify “mouth injuries”, “cavities”, “other issues”, and “dental problems” with such a limited observation of a limited number of teeth? Can a cavity really form within a month of eruption? Are there conditions that don’t have obvious symptoms for which this visit is intended?