Family Dental Care, Part 1: Children
The whole family needs to be involved in healthy dental care. However, this does not mean that each family member has the same risks and concerns when it comes to taking care of their teeth. Whether you’re mom, dad, brother, or sister, you are going to have your own set of dental issues to consider and watch out for to ensure you have a happy and healthy smile.
At Clearwater Dental Associates, we want every member of the family to be engaged in habits that will help protect their teeth, and to be aware of special concerns that might be more of an issue for them. Here are some family dental care tips you need to consider when planning a dental hygiene routine for their children.
Sometimes the younger members of the family get overlooked because we know they have a second set of teeth coming. In few years these baby teeth will fall out, so why go out of our way to take care of them?
While it is true that little children will lose their baby teeth, only to be replaced by brand new permanent ones, you need to realize that the health of the baby teeth can affect how the new ones come in, not to mention the overall health of your child.
Tooth decay is probably the most important concern for small children because they tend to love sugary sweets. You need to be sure to limit your child’s access to candy and soda, but also be aware that fruit and fruit juices can cause tooth decay. Fruit and fruit juices contain quite a bit of natural sugar and acid that can weaken tooth enamel and breed bacteria.
When tooth decay gets bad enough it can cause discomfort and pain, as well as lead to serious problems with your child’s general health. The tooth may have to come out prematurely.
If your child loses a baby tooth too soon, it may cause the permanent tooth to come in crooked, so you don’t want your child to lose a tooth to decay, which can be prevented with health dental habits.
A baby tooth staying in too long can also cause problems, especially if the permanent tooth has broken through in front of or behind the old one. If your child has a baby tooth that refuses to come out, then come visit family dentist for help.
The most important thing for the youngest members of your family is that they learn how to take care of the their teeth by establishing a healthy regimen of brushing and flossing. Good dental care habits are something that will benefit your children for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to get your kids excited about oral hygiene. Turning brushing into a fun game or activity may help engage your small children, but healthy modeling is also important. If your kids see you brushing and flossing, they’ll want to do it.
We Can Help!
It’s also important to get your kids to Clearwater Dental Associates early and often. The more children visit our office when they’re young, the less likely it’ll be that they’re afraid of the dentist when they get older.
Clearwater Dental Associates is your family dental service practice that wants to make sure your children have a happy and healthy relationship with dental hygiene, so call today to schedule a cleaning and exam for your family.