Starting Early: Why it’s Important for Kids to Take Care of Their Teeth
Don’t get us wrong, we’re crazy for cosmetic dentistry! Still, many of the treatment plans we develop would have been unnecessary if our patients had maintained healthy dental habits over the years. Here are a few reasons why it’s important for kids to take care of their teeth.
Prevent Gum Disease
Gingivitis (a gum disease) is a serious concern even for young children. One of the most common causes of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene. Its symptoms include redness and irritation around the teeth. While gingivitis is considered to be a mild form of periodontal disease, it can easily progress into periodontitis, and tooth loss becomes a serious concern. A great way to prevent gingivitis is through regular flossing. A great way to encourage your kids to floss is to take advantage of the myriad kid-friendly dental flosses on the market! With a variety of flavors and colors, these products can help your kids to get excited about flossing. Building this healthy habit now can prevent them from losing teeth later.
Protect Against Cavities
Regular brushing and flossing is a great way to prevent cavities. Cavities form when substances like sugar and bacteria begin to erode the tooth enamel, leading to decay. Kids who eat lots of sugary snacks and drinks will be particularly prone to developing cavities. Like gingivitis, they are easily prevented with good oral hygiene. In addition to the fun flosses mentioned above, there are countless options of kid-friendly mouthwash and toothbrushes that are designed to get kids excited about good oral health. Using these products in a regular oral hygiene routine can help protect against cavities now and as they grow. Another good habit for kids and adults alike is to rinse their mouth with mouthwash after eating. This is a great way to keep acids and sugars from wearing away the enamel.
Helping to protect against cavities and gingivitis by taking these measures are just a few ways kids can grow up with healthy and strong teeth, reducing the likelihood that they’ll need to come to cosmetic dentistry professionals like us to undo damage. Of course, an important step in anyone’s oral health routine is regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Reach out to us today to make an appointment for your little one!