As with everything in life, it’s always better to start developing good habits early in life. What you teach your child now about the importance of healthy teeth will determine their state of well being later in life. This article will give you an insight on the importance of oral health.
Why healthy teeth are important
Taking care of your child’s teeth helps prevent plaque which is a clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. If you don’t take care of your teeth, cavities and unhealthy gums will make it very difficult to do essential things like eat. Tooth decay can lead to many problems like gum disease and possibly the need for root canal treatment. We use our mouth and teeth to eat, talk, and breathe, so it a very aspect of our everyday life.
According to dentalcare.com, it is important to start good oral care even before the very first baby tooth comes in. Healthy gums build healthy teeth.
Brushing your child’s teeth
Brushing your child’s teeth is an important part of their daily routine. Your child’s teeth should be brushed at least twice a day: in the morning and before bed. Before going to bed, nothing should be eaten or drunk except water. It is very important to constantly encourage your children to promote good habits. Children should be monitored while brushing until they are at least 7 years old.
Sugar causes tooth decay/Cutting down on sugar
Tooth decay is caused by the amount of sugar in foods and drinks. Instead of drinking soda or drinks with high sugar content swap them for water or milk. Watch out for those drinks that say “juice drink” because they can also cause tooth decay. My best advice is to only allow your child to have sugar during mealtimes and no more than 3 times a day.
When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
The American Dental association recommends that parents take their child to a dentist no later than his or her 1st birthday. It is important to take your child to the dentist to see if there are any problems and to get a check-up. Pediatric dentists specialize in treating children’s dental health.
Everything starts with the parents. You hold the future of your children’s dental health in your hands. Do what is best for your children and teach them good habits that will save them a headache later. We are DEDICATED to treating children, not just teeth. Our COMMITMENT is to caring and prevention! Contact US!
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