Stop me if you have heard this one. You might discover some parents don’t think the teeth of young children matter and therefore don’t need to be carefully looked after. Why is this? Well, baby teeth will fall out eventually anyway right? It’s just a matter of time and if that wasn’t the case, there’d be no need for those visits from the tooth fairy. So, you might be surprised to learn that experts believe that looking after the teeth of young children is still incredibly important, even if they are going to lose them. Here’s why.
Bad Habits Die Hard
The first thing you need to be aware of is that by starting early with the brushing and care of your child’s teeth, you can guarantee that these habits stick. It will be easier to get your children into a routine that they start early and stay with for the rest of their life. That means when they reach ten you won’t have to push and moan and nag for them to brush their teeth or even floss. They will already be used to it and it will almost be like conditioning. As already mentioned, the earlier you start with these processes, the better the results will be.
They Damage More Than Your Teeth
It’s true that issues that cause damage to your teeth also impact the rest of your body. You might think that because children’s teeth are going to fall out they can eat as much sugar and candy as they like. But this could lead to other problems like childhood obesity which has become a major problem in western society. So, avoiding or even regulating sugary sweets, treats and snacks is still a good decision. You won’t just be protecting your children’s teeth and do be aware that sugar and other poor foods will also impact the gums. This can cause long-lasting damage.
Avoid Those Fillings
Talk to any pediatric dentist and they’ll tell you those baby teeth still need fillings for cavities. As you might be aware, cavities are typically expensive and they can also be quite painful or uncomfortable for children. So, if you want to avoid this then you might want to think about getting your little one brushing as much as possible. If you are eager to encourage them to do this, try making it fun. There are plenty of toothbrushes available with everything from Disney princesses to superheroes on them.
Keeping A Check Of Dangerous Signs
Finally, by looking after your children’s teeth, you can make sure that you keep a check for the worst possible signs and symptoms. We’re talking about the dreaded C word and sadly, little ones can show signs of this. It’s crucial that you catch this early and making sure that you are keeping an eye on your child’s dental health as well as making regular trips to the dentist is the best way to do this.
We hope you see now why you should not neglect the dental health of little ones, even if their baby teeth will fall out eventually.