Your child’s primary teeth are essential to their oral health and development. Baby teeth make room and hold the space for healthy adult teeth to emerge. Keeping your child’s teeth clean will protect them from developing tooth decay (cavities) and other dental health issues as they continue to grow.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay occurs when there is a buildup of plaque and tartar on and around the teeth.
If not prevented or promptly treated, tooth decay can:
- Cause your child pain
- Make it difficult for your child to bite and chew food
- Create issues with your child’s permanent, adult teeth
- Become embarrassing for your child when they speak, eat, or smile
Without properly maintaining a good dental hygiene routine, tooth decay can run rampant and wreak havoc on your child’s smile. However, tooth decay can be easily avoided with good oral hygiene and healthy dental habits.
Simple Steps for Preventing Tooth Decay
Most children’s first teeth emerge between four months and seven months of age. These healthy habits can save your child’s smile and lay the foundation for excellent oral health for years to come:
- Begin cleaning your child’s teeth when they come in. You can do so with a soft, wet cloth and, as they age, use age-appropriate toothpaste to brush their teeth.
- Teach your child the proper way to brush their teeth twice each day. You can make brushing even more fun by purchasing a superhero or princess toothbrush and flavored fluoride toothpaste!
- Protect your child’s pearly whites with fluoride products. An essential dental health treatment, fluoride helps build strong teeth and prevents cavities from forming.
- Avoid allowing your child to consume sugary foods and drinks. When your child eats healthy, low-sugar foods and drinks, they are more likely to maintain a healthy smile. Sugar creates cavities and can damage their tiny teeth.
Make regular appointments with your child’s dentist. We recommend seeing children twice each year to thoroughly evaluate their oral health and perform a fun and comfortable teeth cleaning.
Each of these tips can save your child’s teeth and gums from developing potentially dangerous and painful conditions and diseases. Excellent oral health starts at home. As a parent, you can teach your child the importance of keeping their smiles strong, healthy, and beautiful.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Checkup Today!
We believe that no teeth are too tiny for dental care. Our gentle and compassionate dental team provides quality pediatric dentistry in a warm and welcoming environment. We love helping children and families improve the health of their teeth and gums while teaching them the importance of preventive care.
If you would like to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your child, please call our Hillsboro dental office at (503) 693-7301.