Parents Can Play A Part In Promoting A Child’s Oral Health

When you consider all the childhood diseases that may affect your child and how to guard against them, you may never think to include tooth decay when actually it goes at the top of the list. Yes, tooth decay is defined as a disease and it affects more children than any of the others.

Education is the key to prevention. That general statement definitely applies to tooth decay. Parents who know the basics of good oral health will be able to teach their child how to take care of his or her teeth and gums so that cavities can be kept to a minimum and any early signs of deterioration of the gum tissue can be controlled. A pediatric dentist is the best reference a parent can go to to learn what to do and what to avoid when it comes to the oral health of their child.

Take your child to a pediatric dentist as soon as you see that first tooth. At that time your dentist can tell you what should come next – which teeth will come in first and those that will be the last to appear, how many baby teeth there will be, and the best way to care for them. He will explain how important the first set of teeth are and how they relate to the proper alignment of the permanent teeth.

A pediatric dentist will be able to tell if a child is more or less prone to getting cavities even as early on as that first visit. Every child should develop the habit of brushing his teeth and flossing after meals and especially after sweet or starchy snacks, but some children will need to do even more. Your dentist can suggest a specific program to follow that will suit your child’s needs.

Parental influence can have a lot to do with how a child reacts to the his first visit to the dentist’s office. If the child senses that his parent is apprehensive about the appointment or if the parent seems nervous or uneasy in the waiting room, the child may follow suit.

Call Dentist 4 Kidz in Aurora @ 303-367-1502 when your child is ready for his first dental visit.

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