Top Baby Teeth Myths
You may have heard that baby teeth dental care doesn’t matter because they are going to fall out anyway, but this is not true!
There are many myths out there about baby teeth, and we are going to set the record straight. The following are the top four baby teeth myths.
Myth #1: Baby Teeth Are Temporary, so They Aren’t Important
Yes, baby teeth do fall out during early childhood, but still they are very important to a child’s developing oral health. They work to “hold the space” so that permanent teeth will grow straight, and thus prevent crowding and crooked teeth. Plus, they help a young child’s facial structure to develop normally along the jaw. Also, healthy baby teeth help children to eat a variety of nutritious foods.
Myth #2: You Don’t Need to Worry About Cavities In Baby Teeth
You may have been under the impression that babies either cannot get cavities, or that if they do they don’t matter. Both of these scenarios are untrue; Cavities are not only painful, but they can cause swelling and infection. Plus, studies show that children who have cavities in their baby teeth are three times more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth.
REMINDER: Don’t let your baby or child fall asleep with a bottle! Juice and milk are full of sugars that feed bacteria-causing cavities.
Myth #3: Baby Teeth Don’t Need to be Brushed or Flossed
This is also not true. It is important to begin “brushing” your baby’s teeth well before their first tooth emerges! Use a soft cloth or piece of gauze and gently rub their gums to help reduce bacteria and prevent future cavities. Once their teeth grow in, it is important for children to get in the habit of brushing twice a day with a small bit of toothpaste and flossing regularly.
Myth #4: Young Children Don’t Need To Visit A Dentist
It is a common misconception that children don’t need to see the dentist before the age of three, or before they have grown out their first full set of teeth. However, the ADA states that children should visit the dentist when they get their first tooth, or at the very least by the age of one. Why? Early check-ups can help identify cavities and prevent other oral health issues.
Do You Have Any More Questions About Your Child’s Teeth? We Can Help!
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