Children’s Dentistry: Why It’s Most Important

Keeping your kids healthy is one of the most important things you can do in life. Pediatric dentistry is a cornerstone of Preserve Family Dentistry. We know that maintaining the health of your kids is essential, but most people forget one thing:

Everything you eat passes through your mouth.


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This means that your oral health is directly related to your overall health. Recent studies have established a much more significant relationship between oral and overall health. And this goes almost double for your children! Because your kids are learning from you, the parent, how to behave, their oral hygiene habits will develop and last a lifetime. It may seem intimidating, but we believe in you and want to help!

We’re happy to give parents the tools to educate their kids on excellent oral health habits, ensuring a healthy, happy life. With all of that being said, below are a few things you should know about children’s dentistry.


Cavities in Children

Out of the many chronic diseases that exist, cavities are the most common in the US. It doesn’t take much for babies to develop cavities, which are also called dental caries. Because of the thin enamel in baby teeth, cavities are common for young children. Thankfully, there are many preventive measures you can take to prevent cavities in baby teeth. This starts at home with good oral hygiene practices. Regularly brushing your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste helps greatly. Good oral hygiene also includes bringing your child to the dentist as soon as they develop teeth. Your dentist at Preserve will be glad to help you keep an eye out for any issues before they happen.


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How do children develop cavities?

Most children consume unhealthy levels of starches and sugars without realizing it. This can come from juice, sports drinks, soda, etc. These drinks have high levels of acidity and slowly wear away the minerals on baby teeth. When these minerals deteriorate, white spots may appear. This is one of the early indicators of tooth decay.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, know that there’s no need to worry if your child’s tooth has a white spot. With good oral hygiene, you can stop, or even reverse, tooth decay. If you help your child avoid exposure to sugary drinks, this will encourage healthy habits for the future and prevent cavities now.

Over time, the progression of cavities in baby teeth happens if you don’t keep your child’s teeth in check. As a reminder, this behavior is what makes children’s dentistry so important. The habits your child develop now will change the way they stay healthy in the future.


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Preventing Cavities in Baby Teeth

While it seems like taking your child to a dentist can lead to a lots of potential stress and pressure, children’s dentistry is simple. Ensure healthy oral habits for your kids, and it will become second nature to them as they age. So what things can you do now to help instill good oral hygiene habits?


Children’s Dentistry Tooth-Friendly Tips

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Pay attention to what your kids eat and drink.

When your children consume a lot of sugar, it increases the likelihood that they’ll develop cavities. While it’s unrealistic to say they’ll never have sugar, it’s important to know how much they’re eating and what it is. And if your children are eating too frequently, their saliva will not have the preventative effect it’s supposed to.

Make brushing and flossing exciting.

Make sure your kids brush twice per day, and once they’re old enough, help them floss regularly too. Be sure to supervise their brushing routines to make sure they do it correctly and safely. And by making games out of oral habits, you can teach your children how to take care of their own teeth over time. This ensures a lifelong dedication to good oral hygiene.

Visit the children’s dentist regularly with your child. 

While your child’s at-home habits are most important, encouraging them to see the dentist regularly is a close second. Just like with oral hygiene, creating a habit of seeing the dentist will create a lifelong of healthy habits. This will do two things primarily: 1. It will teach them that regular dental visits are necessary and 2. It will help them to like the dentist early on. Take your kids to our Lincoln children’s dentist for regular check-ups to help prevent cavities in your child.


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If you have questions about children’s dentistry, don’t hesitate to let us know! You can also feel free to set up a free consultation with us at any time. We’ve been working with kids and oral hygiene for many years. There’s no shame in asking questions at Preserve – in fact, we encourage it! We want to ensure you’ve got the resources you need to teach your kids good oral habits. And most of all, to the hardworking parents out there:

We believe in you.

The Preserve Family Dentistry Team, Lincoln, Ne.

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