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Baby Teeth: Dentists are irreplaceable when it comes to dental health. We all know about brushing and flossing. But dentists do so much more than that!

Baby Teeth and Beyond

Q: My wife makes sure to schedule every well check, but insists there is no reason to bring children to the dentist until they get permanent teeth, if at all. She contends that since baby teeth are lost so soon, cavities barely have a chance to form and there is no need to brush, floss, and avoid sugary beverages. Is this true?

A: On the contrary, dentists are irreplaceable when it comes to dental health. Yes, we all know about the brushing and flossing thing. But dentists do so much more than that!

Dentists are trained to:

  • care for your teeth and gums
  • examine the muscles of the head, neck and jaw monitor the tongue and salivary glands
  • screen for and recognize cancers that affect the mouth
  • examine and diagnose the nervous system of the head and neck area

That’s a whole lot more than just the usual brushing and flossing lecture!

Dental health affects other parts of the body

Infections of the mouth or teeth can lead to a stressed immune system. In some cases, infections from the mouth and teeth have been known to spread, affecting other areas of the body, including the brain.

Definitive links have been found between oral health and such chronic conditions as diabetes and heart disease.

Dental visits are particularly important to pregnant women and children. Statistics show that women with periodontal disease give birth to babies with lower birth weights.

Caring for your child’s teeth

Babies are susceptible to tooth decay due to prolonged exposure to liquids. Dental health is so important that experts recommend that the first dental visit take place no later than a baby’s first birthday.

In fact, cavities have been identified as the most prevalent chronic disease of childhood.
As children age, teeth become a source of self-esteem. Do all you can for your child by establishing good dental health habits early!

So what should parents do?

  • First, realize that home care is just as important as regular dental visits.
  • Begin dental care as early as possible, using a washcloth to clean babies’ teeth.
  • Make that first dental appointment before age one.
  • Follow your dentist’s advice for toothpastes, fluoride supplements, brushing, and flossing.
  • Feeding your child foods such as milk, cheese, and vegetables will help strengthen teeth.
  • Limiting sugary foods will help reduce the incidence of cavities.

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  • Thanks for sharing this, although I’m not a parent, I know this could be useful, when I do become a parent one day.

  • This is great information. I agree Dentist are big part of our overall health! Thanks for sharing this 😉

  • Mona

    I have always been curious how pediatric dentists work on young mouths! How can they get a baby to keep their mouth open? They must be magicians…

  • LianneCarlaS

    Great points reminds me I need to book an appointment. Let’s hope I still remember in the morning.

  • Heather Santo

    I don’t really remember much of every going there as a kid because my family didn’t think you had to go unless there was something wrong. Major mistake! It is so important to make sure that children go!

  • Shelley Webb

    Great points. My kids began seeing their dentist at the age of 2. I’m pleased (and actually a bit astonished, because my teeth are terrible) that they are now ages 27 and 29 and have yet to have ONE cavity.

  • Daveda

    These are GREAT tips! I agree that kids should see the dentist early. It’s an important part of overall health!

  • Wow great points, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Vicky

    Great tips to consider. Thank you for sharing.

  • Edmund S. Lee

    I didn’t know that kids below age one can already visit the dentist! That’s something new for me 🙂 Awesome!

  • Lisa Kerr

    My grandson turned 2 in October and just went to the dentist for the first time the other day. All his teeth are good, thank goodness!

  • Cyndi Portteus

    Our dentist recommended we start coming at age three.

  • pixystik4u

    i never had a cavity until i was in my 20s. keep those teeth healthy!

  • Shannon

    These are all great tips for everyone. Thank you for shairng with us.

  • Katie

    So many don’t realize how important dental health is even in babies! Great tips!

  • Jana | Merlot Mommy

    Great tips here! Dental health early on is so important for healthy teeth and gums later on in life!

  • Great Tips! I feel that it’s important to start them early too.

  • Jen St Germain Leeman

    I think this is a great article for new parents. We keep on top of our daughter to care for her teeth. She will be 10 next month and has never had a cavity.

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    Great tips for new Parents. I started brushing their little teeth as soon as I saw them– and went to the dentist around the age of 3.

  • Sadie

    I was great about teaching the kids to brush teeth even though I was never great about brushing my own as a kid!

  • notageek4u

    I’ve always been taught to rub teeth gums with rum lol. Maybe that’s why I was always a happy kid?

  • Katie Lupien

    I think that waiting till kids have permanent teeth is waiting too long to take dental health serious. Bad dental health will affect your immune system and add more problems in the future. Teeth have to be thought of as a foundation. If your foundation is week, your building will decay faster.

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