Children’s Dental Care Myths

Are you a parent? If so, you may believe that you are doing everything to help your child have healthy teeth, but you could be wrong. That’s because there are many common myths associated with children’s dental health,some of which could leave your child with a mouthful of cavities.

 

Recently, KHOU, a Texas news source, spoke to local dentists who could help debunk some of these myths.

 

Common Myth 1: Cavities only form where you can see them. According to the dentists who were interviewed, many parents they speak to believe their child’s cavities only form on parts of the tooth that they can see. However, in reality, they also form in between teeth, where leftover food particles get stuck and remain as food for bacteria, which then causes tooth decay.

 

Common Myth 2: Brushing is more important than flossing. Parents should make sure their children understand proper flossing techniques beginning at a young age. While the tongue can act as a natural toothbrush, nothing in the mouth can substitute for floss. Martha Keels, D.D.S., told the news source that she always tells parents that if they’re in a hurry, and only have time to brush their child’s teeth or floss them, always go with floss.

 

Common Myth 3: Babies don’t need to see a dentist, because they do not have any teeth. In reality, a baby should visit a dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday. Remember; never put a baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The bacteria from the sugars in these drinks will stay in their mouths all night and potentially cause dental problems.

 

Common Myth 4: Baby teeth aren’t as important as permanent teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), baby teeth play a crucial role in oral health. “When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult to other adult teeth to find room when they come in,” states the ADA. “This can make teeth crooked or crowded. Taking good care of your child’s baby teeth may help to avoid other problems when he or she is older.”

 

So now that you’re armed with the knowledge to help your children have a lifetime of healthy teeth, talk to them so they can understand what to expect when they go to the dentist. WebMDrecommends that parents stay in the waiting room, so that the dentist and child can develop a connection.

 

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