Good oral health begins with good habits developed from childhood. Some parents do not see the need to care for baby teeth because they fall out. However, baby teeth are important because they pave the way for permanent teeth. Meaning, baby teeth act as place holders for future permanent teeth. If your baby teeth fall out too early, this could lead to overcrowding and potentially decay for your adult teeth. Here are Dr. Singla’s top tips to improve your child’s oral health and set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth, mouth, and gums.
When Should My Child Go To The Dentist?
This is one of the first things parents ask about their child’s oral health at Singla Dental in Duncanville, Texas. When your child’s first tooth emerges or when they turn one, you should bring them to Singla Dental for an initial visit for your child’s oral health. This will help establish your child as a patient and help Dr. Singla spot any early signs of decay or other conditions. Yes, even babies can get tooth decay. Going to bed with milk or walking about sipping on juice all day can wear down the outer layer of their tooth leading to decay and cavities.
Should My Child Use Fluoride?
The simple answer is yes. Apart from developing a good oral health habit, giving your child fluoride is one of the best things you can do for your child’s oral health. What does fluoride do and how does it help teeth? First, let’s talk about the anatomy of your teeth. The outer layer of your tooth is made of the hardest substance in your body called enamel. This substance is even harder than bones! Although it is hard, it can be broken down by starches and sugars from your food. If your child’s oral health is poor and they do not brush often or stay hydrated, this bacteria will start to wear down their teeth making grooves and divets in their tooth.
Flouride is a naturally occurring substance, commonly found in drinking water, that coats the top layer of your tooth. This coating fills in the small divets and grooves made by bacteria and helps enamel grow back in these areas to keep your tooth strong. Although most insurance only covers fluoride treatment for children, fluoride treatment is beneficial for children and adults. Especially those with many cavities or cavity-causing habits like smoking, poor oral health, and drinking sugary drinks.
Your Child’s Oral Health
As your child gets older they will face many oral health decisions. Such as, should they brush their teeth when they are tired or should they skip it? Or, if they are offered sticky, sugary candy, should they brush their teeth afterward? With a good foundation of oral health, you can help protect your child’s oral health for a lifetimw. For more information about pediatric oral health or to plan your next visit to Singla Dental in Memorial, Texas, call us today!