Taking care of your teeth is an important part of maintaining your overall health. Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and meeting with a dentist every 6 months are some of the steps we need to take to ensure optimal oral health. As a parent, it’s important to start your child on the right path of oral health by teaching them good habits early on.
Baby teeth mark the place for adult teeth
Although it’s true that children will eventually lose their baby teeth, these teeth play an important role now because they impact a child’s future teeth. They dictate where the adult tooth is supposed to come in. If the baby teeth are not cared for and become decayed, then the adult tooth may not come in properly. It could come in crooked or shift slightly. By brushing your child’s baby teeth and taking them to a dentist regularly, you help keep those teeth healthy and ensure their adult teeth come in properly.
Cavities can form in baby teeth
Just because your child doesn’t have their adult teeth doesn’t mean they are not susceptible to getting cavities. In fact, they are able to get cavities as easily as older children without the proper care. If they do get a cavity, it will need to be filled. Cavities left untreated can lead to tooth decay or a cracked or broken tooth.
Poor oral hygiene can lead to pain
No parent wants to see their children suffer pain, especially the pain of a toothache. However, if children do not receive adequate oral hygiene care, then tooth decay may set in. With tooth decay you have pain. Children may not be able adequately to express what the problem is if they are very young, thus compounding the problem.
Not caring for your teeth may lead to bigger problems
If your child ends up with a cavity because of not brushing the baby teeth, this can lead to worse problems. In fact, an untreated cavity not only may lead to tooth decay, it could result in an abscess or infection. Any time there is an infection in the body, it is serious because you do not know where it will spread. Avoiding cavities will help your child avoid the problem.
Begin good habits now
Someday your children will be old enough to brush on their own. You want them to have the oral care habits necessary to be healthy children. As you brush their teeth for them when they’re young, it will become a habit to them when they’re older. You are teaching them good future habits when you take care of your young children’s teeth.
Eliminates fear of dentists
When children grow up going to the dentist from a very young age, it becomes a familiar place and a familiar experience. They don’t have the same fears an older child would have who is just starting out with a dentist. Having that early exposure eliminates a lot of the anxiety that older children can exhibit and leads to better lifetime oral health.
Start building healthy habits with your child today by implementing an oral health care plan. Brush your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush twice a day, floss after meals, and remember to make regular appointments with your dentist. Raleigh Implant and Family Dentistry provides oral care for children and families at all ages and stages of life. Schedule your child’s appointment with one of our outstanding dental providers by calling (919) 782-0548 and start your child on the road to a lifetime of great oral health!