Astonishingly, tooth decay, a very preventable disease, is the most common chronic disease among children ages 6-11. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is five times more likely than asthma and seven times more likely than hay fever. In fact, by kindergarten, more than 40% of children already have tooth decay.
As you can see, good oral habits are incredibly important and they need to begin at an early age. It is never too early to teach your children proper oral health habits. In fact, as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, good oral hygiene practices should begin too.
“A lot of people think they don’t have to brush baby teeth,” said Beverly Largent, former president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. “You need to brush from the first tooth.” But brushing is just the beginning.
Oral Care Tips for Children
- Proper Brushing and Flossing Habits: Good oral care begins with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Brushing should begin at the appearance of a child’s first tooth and flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. And “[parents] have to clean the teeth until children are able to tie their shoes or write in cursive,” says Largent. Remember, it is these oral hygiene habits that lay the groundwork for your child’s future oral health.
- “Baby Bottle Decay“: Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sugars, like those found in milk, formula, fruit juice, and more, are left exposed to an infant’s teeth for an extended period of time. These sugars promote the growth of bacteria, which produce acids that attack the teeth. And if left untreated, baby bottle tooth decay can lead to pain, infection, and the eventual loss of teeth.
- Regular Dental Visits: Your child should have his/her first dental visit before their first birthday. And in case you needed any more motivation, a report published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that dental care costs were nearly 40% lower over a five-year period for children who received dental care by age one.
And that is just the beginning. To find out more, consult with your dentist.
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