Parents often think that baby teeth don’t need as much attention as adult teeth. After all, they’re meant to fall out, right? But children need their baby teeth, and they should practice good oral hygiene early, in order to protect their baby teeth, their gums, and ultimately their adult teeth. Let’s take a closer look at why it is crucial to create good cleaning habits early, and what you can do to help your child look after their baby teeth. As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child!
Why It’s Still Important to Keep Baby Teeth Clean
Children Use Their Baby Teeth
While kiddos grow and grow, they rely on their baby teeth to chew. And while their baby teeth will eventually fall out, good care ensures that those teeth remain healthy and intact for as long as they’re meant to. Be sure to encourage daily cleaning habits, and keep your child from consuming too many sweets, which can damage teeth and gums, and cause problems further down the line.
Good Care Keeps Gums Healthy
On top of keeping your child’s baby teeth healthy, regular care will help to keep their gums healthy. Plaque and gum disease can be harmful for gums, even in youth, so it’s best to encourage your children to keep their gums as clean as their teeth, to mitigate the odds of problems. Be mindful that gum disease can lead to a myriad of problems, including problems that can continue to crop up on into adulthood.
Encourage Lasting Habits
We recommend that you strive to encourage lasting habits of good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush your teeth with your child morning and night, until they’re old enough to keep to the habit on their own. You can encourage them to use an egg timer to ensure that they brush for a full two minutes. You should also encourage your child to floss when they brush — again, twice per day. Be wary that you should always monitor young children and toddlers as they brush or floss, or perform brushing and flossing yourself until your child is old enough to do so. Also, be mindful that children require different amounts of toothpaste as they age. Use only a small smear of toothpaste for children whose teeth have just erupted from the gums. At ages three to six, children can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Always use toothbrushes with extra soft bristles for children.
Count on My Pediatric Dentist for Regular Checkups!
Whether you need a tooth pulled or a regular cleaning, you can always count on My Pediatric Dentist. If you would like to learn more about the dental services that we offer, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, then please contact us today. We’re conveniently located in Montrose, and we’ll do our utmost to ensure that your child is comfortable throughout their visit!