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How Proper Dental Hygiene Can Lead to a Healthier Future for Your Child

Starting good dental hygiene at a young age sets the stage for a healthier mouth later in life. In order to get your kids to comply, you have to set a good example. Here are some of the benefits of teaching your kids good dental hygiene.

Protection Against Cavities

Regular brushing and flossing cuts down on the formation of cavities. You may not think that it’s important in your kid’s baby teeth. Kids that have cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to develop cavities in their permanent teeth. This is because the bacteria can be transferred when the permanent teeth are emerging. Even though the enamel is in place, the teeth are still porous when they first come out of the jaw. This can lead to cavities starting to form before the teeth have fully emerged.

Reduced Risk of Gum Disease

Poor dental hygiene often results in periodontal disease. This means that there is an infection in the tissue surrounding the teeth. You’ve probably heard about gingivitis. This is the first stage of gum disease. It only involves the gums when it’s in this beginning stage. As it progresses, it can affect other tissues in the mouth. In the severest form, the jaw can be impacted. Many people start to lose teeth if it’s left untreated.

Development of Lifelong Habits

Teaching your kids to take care of their teeth will lead to better oral hygiene for them. No one likes to go to the dentist. Many kids dread going to the dentist because it’s been ingrained in them that the dentist equals pain. This doesn’t need to be the case. You want your kids to be healthy and happy. Part of staying healthy is to practice good dental hygiene. The dentist needs to be a part of that picture. Regular checkups prevent worse things happening to your kids teeth.

Healthy Smile and Self-Image

Many adults wish that they had been taught how to properly take care of their teeth as children. You don’t want your kids to suffer with a lifetime of regret when it comes to their smile. This can have an impact on their self-esteem and how they view themselves. You’re more likely to have a healthy smile if you practice good dental care. Teaching your kids good habits early on will increase their chances of reaching adulthood with a healthy smile.

Schedule an appointment with a dentist for yourself and your kids. This is the best way to ensure that your kids will have a healthy smile for the future.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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