Just about every parent wants what’s best for their children, and that generally doesn’t change when it comes to teeth. Then again, everyone knows that dental care can get expensive when the patient hasn’t been very careful with their teeth. But sometimes kids just don’t know any better, so we’ve compiled a few tips to make sure your children’s teeth get the best care, while your wallet doesn’t take a beating.
Baby teeth matter, get them checked!
In order to avoid the need for potentially expensive dental replacements like dental bridges and implants in the future, it’s important to start early by building great habits when it comes to teeth. This begins in the dentists office at your child’s very first appointment. While many parents mistakenly believe an infant doesn’t need to see the dentist (because they don’t have teeth) this isn’t actually true. In order to make sure everything is as it should be, your baby should see the family dentist right around the time their first tooth comes in (6 months to a year). In the meantime, be sure to wash your baby’s gums with a warm, damp wash cloth to take care of any residual food.
Limit Bottles and Pacifiers
Bottles and pacifiers should see limited use at night due to their ability to impact the future bite and tooth placement of your child. However, it’s doubly important to avoid letting your child go to bed with a bottle with anything that could hurt their teeth, particularly sugary drinks. Doing so would simply bathe your child’s tooth In sugar all night, and a cavity wouldn’t be too far away.
Brush with them
One of the most important tips you can learn when it comes to setting your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth is that brushing with them will quickly help them develop healthy brushing habits. By brushing with your children, you take advantage of their natural urge to emulate mom or dad, which goes a long way when it comes to helping them realize how important it is to brush after every meal and floss daily.
Why it matters….and why they aren’t just “baby teeth”
One of the most dangerous misconceptions when it comes to children’s teeth is that “they’re just baby teeth, they’re not even permanent.” This line of thinking is bad for two reasons. First, it undermines how important it is for your children to develop good brushing and flossing habits. Just like learning a language, the fundamentals are easier to instill when it’s done early.
Secondly, while baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, their influence lives on. Because every baby tooth doesn’t fall out at the same time, adult teeth rely on them for help when it comes to spacing and alignment. Without the baby teeth, adult teeth could come in crooked and out of alignment.
Do you have questions about your child’s teeth? If your family lives in California and you’re looking for a great family dentist in the Cypress area, we can help! If not, and you’re just looking for some good information, feel free to continue browsing our blog.