Why It’s Important to Take Care of Your Child's Teeth

Did you know it’s important to take care of your child’s baby teeth?

Many parents wonder about the importance of taking care of their child’s teeth

since it will eventually all fall out and sparkly new ones would grow.

While this may be the case in a perfect setting, the truth is,

it’s just as important to take care of your first set of teeth as your last set of teeth.

 

 

Baby teeth hold space for the coming set of teeth. They also play a significant role in your child’s development. When you maintain your child’s teeth you save them from the hurt and pain that comes with tooth decay. But just how much care does your child’s teeth need?

This article explains the importance of dental care for your child’s development and offers some tips to help you along the way.

Why you need to take care of your child’s teeth

The most obvious reason for taking care of your child’s teeth is to avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease and tooth decay, makes it hard for your child to chew, causes pain, makes your kids embarrassed to smile or talk, and it even affects your child’s permanent teeth.

You can avoid cavities and other gum disease when you take good care of your child’s baby teeth. When there are no cavities, children can enjoy their teeth and food. Asides from this, dental care is important for a number of reasons.

Facial bone development

It’s important to take care of your child’s teeth to facilitate the development of a regular facial bone structure. However, poor dental care can affect the shape of your child’s face. For instance, their tongues may fall into spaces where their teeth are supposed to be, triggering speech and swallowing issues.

You may have to opt for dental implants when your child loses their teeth too early. While we are not opposed to a dental implant, have you ever seen a child that enjoyed visiting a dentist? A recent report suggests that kids as young as four are undergoing anesthetic to get simple dental procedures because their parents are eager to prevent “traumatizing” them forever.

You can avoid all the trauma and hassle that comes with removing and cleaning a decayed tooth by simply maintaining your child’s teeth.

Boosts chewing

Your child can easily chew their food without discomfort when they have strong and healthy teeth. This can only be possible through proper dental hygiene. Children can eat healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and nuts. They won’t be worried about chewing hard food or cracking bones with their teeth, particularly when they have healthy teeth.

Proper jaw development

When you take care of your child’s first sets of teeth, you invariably boost the appropriate development of their teeth. Proper dental care will help them have strong jaws as they grow. Since baby teeth pave the way for permanent teeth, proper care is needed to shape the coming set of teeth.

Boosts self confidence

If your child’s front teeth are missing, he or she will find it difficult to articulate an “r” and “s” sound. This can cause anxiety even at their early age because other kids will laugh at them. Along the line their self-confidence will be affected, and they may not even want to speak when they are outside the confines of their homes.

However, when you maintain a proper dental hygiene your child will smile more and talk more. Your child learns to speak quickly when their teeth are properly developed. It isn’t unlikely to assume that the treatment you give your child’s baby teeth will affect the outcome of their permanent teeth. The appearance of your child’s teeth will determine how often they smile and whether they’ll grow up to be brooding adults or happy-looking adults.

How much dental care does a child need?

The question most parent ask is when it’s appropriate to schedule a child’s first appointment. Parents often struggle with determining the right dental treatments for their children.

Begin early

The proper dental hygiene begins even before your child’s first set of baby teeth grows. That you can’t see any tooth yet, doesn’t mean it isn’t growing. Your child has twenty primary teeth which are already developed in the jaw even at their birth. However, they will typically start showing around 6 months.

The best practice is to often run a clean, damp wipe or cloth along your child’s gum to prevent bacteria, especially before their first set of teeth grows. After their teeth begin to show, use an infant brush to clean their teeth. When you notice that their teeth have began touching one another, you can start flossing. You can also apply a bit of fluoride toothpaste and water to clean their teeth.

You can start teaching your child to spit rather than swallow the toothpaste when they become older (around age 2). Kids that are already 3 years old should be given a small amount of tooth paste so they don’t swallow it. if you have children below 8 years, ensure you supervise their brushing.

See a dentist

Cleaning your teeth regularly isn’t enough to maintain a generally healthy tooth. you also don’t have to wait for your child to complain of toothaches and gum pains before you fix a dentist appointment. In fact, the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is that children should have their first dental visit by their first birthday.

During this appointment, the dentist will describe what cleaning techniques you should adopt. The doctor will examine your baby’s teeth while your baby sits on your lap. This should eliminate the eventual fear children seem to have when they visit their dentists. It will also help you discover potential dental issues and ways to fix them before they escalate.

Groom appropriate dental habits

The truth of the matter is that you need to teach your kids how to maintain their teeth. Encourage them to floss daily and brush at least twice in a day. You can encourage your child to brush by getting them fancy baby brushes and singing songs about brushing or dancing when they brush.

Make the exercise fun and they will look at it as a chore but as a fun experience. By the time they become older, it would have already become a habit and a part of them. Use enough fluoride to toughen the enamel and make it hard for acid to breach.

We are all aware that children love sugary foods and junks. However, too much sugar can affect their teeth. Limit the amount of chocolate, candies, juices, and sugary food you give your children. Replace them sometimes with natural sugars like fruits. Always ensure they know to brush and rinse their teeth after eating junks.

Reference List

https://www.agapedentist.com/taking-care-babys-teeth-important/

https://www.kidspot.com.au/health/disorders/skin-teeth-and-hair/dental-expert-warns-against-common-excuse-from-parents/news-story/3cfa7ca84d45631024f423f1ddeea3ea

https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/first-visit-to-dentist.html#:~:text=The%20American%20Academy%20of%20Pediatric,around%206%20months%20of%20age.

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/healthy.html

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