How do we make sure that our children learn the importance of dental health? Start when they are young teaching them how to care for their teeth and gums. Among all the possible problems, the biggest threat for children is tooth decay. If untreated, it can cause many problems:
Tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems; such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
So, what can you do as a parent to ensure good dental health for your children? Here are a few tips:
- Encourage your children to eat regular nutritious meals and avoid frequent between-meal snacking.
- Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride.
- Talk to your child’s dentist about dental sealants. They protect teeth from decay.
- If you are pregnant, get prenatal care and eat a healthy diet. The diet should include folic acid to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord and possibly cleft lip/palate.
And, of course, limit sweets and teach them how to floss and brush their teeth properly.
Good oral care habits learned young will pay benefits throughout your children’s lives. Take the time to teach them and if we can be of any help, don’t hesitate to ask!