Pediatricians take preventive care very seriously and ensuring a child’s teeth are healthy is no exception. We promote healthy dental habits from the start. See here for more information from HealthyChildren.org (Why Regular Dental Visits are Important)
I am really excited about this next guest blog post from an orthodontic specialist on the importance of preventive dental care! Check out the great infographic on the dental care through the years. Read on…
Caring For Your Child’s Teeth
by: Samuel “Sam” Jackson Burrow IV, DMD, MS
It’s never too early to begin teaching your kids how to take care of their teeth. Even though they’ll lose their baby teeth eventually, that doesn’t mean it’s not still important to take good care of them. Nearly one out of five children in the United States between ages 5 and 11 have had at least one untreated decaying tooth. That decaying tooth can have serious ramifications for their oral health — long after that tooth is lost. Teeth lost prematurely due to decay can cause problems for the surrounding teeth. For example, surrounding teeth can become overcrowded, which can prevent the adult teeth underneath from emerging properly. This issue can lead to the need for braces and other serious orthodontic interventions during the child’s adolescent years. On top of that, failure to learn proper brushing and flossing techniques at an early age can cause further tooth decay as well as periodontal disease and a host of other health issues.
Fortunately, preventing tooth decay is possible by starting proper oral hygiene as early as possible. Even before children’s first teeth emerge, parents can encourage proper habits by scheduling regular pediatric dental appointments; abstaining from feeding their children sugary food and drinks; and using a washcloth to gently clean their gums after meals.
As children get older and their teeth come in, parents can help establish the foundation of good oral hygiene habits by encouraging them to brush twice daily with soft-bristled toothbrushes and fluoride-free training toothpaste. As children lose their baby teeth and develop their permanent teeth, parents can continue to encourage good habits by recommending healthy dietary choices; insisting on protective mouth guards during physical activities; and ensuring that their children continue to see a dentist regularly.
Protecting your child’s teeth is a lifelong commitment that begins with you. By modeling good oral hygiene habits from the start, you can help your children learn how to keep their teeth clean and healthy for their entire lives. The following guide contains these and many other important tips for maintaining good oral health habits for your children. Don’t let something as avoidable as tooth decay put your child at a disadvantage.
Author bio: Dr. Sam Burrow helps run the Burrow Orthodontics practice. His focus is on providing the highest-quality individual care to patients through various dental solutions, such as Invisalign, in Charlotte, North Carolina.