The most recent survey of children’s dental health in Ireland found nearly half of all children under age five have decay in their baby teeth. According to the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry the earlier a child starts visiting the dentist for preventive visits the better the chance of avoiding dental problems. Bring your child to see the dentist before his/her first birthday and discuss introducing the use of fluoride toothpaste and a dental hygiene routine. Establish a regular yearly visit from there on, or more often if your dentist recommends because of higher risk factors. As your child gets older, find out when school dental screenings take place in your area and ask the school dentist about fissure sealants for your child.