Why Dental Care is Critical for Your Child’s Overall Health

As a parent, you know how important regular doctor’s check-ups, immunizations, and a healthy diet are for your child. In addition, preventative dental care and cleanings are extremely critical for your child’s health overall.

Common Results of Poor Care

Bacteria and decay can cause more than just tender gums and cavities – they can result in infections and diseases that affect other areas of your child’s body and health:

  • Swollen or tender gums resulting in gum disease, gingivitis, and even tooth loss (inflammation and gum disease can put your child at a greater risk for diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease)
  • Cavities and decay that is costly to fill and can cause/require expensive and sometimes uncomfortable dental procedures into adulthood
  • Infections that can be both painful and dangerous to your child’s wellbeing
  • Impaired speech development

Preventative Dental Care

Teaching and training your kids early on about correct dental care can prevent cavities, gum disease, and much more, so include the following in your instruction:

  • Correct technique when brushing and flossing
  • Regular fluoride treatments to protect enamel from decay
  • Twice annual dental cleanings and exams
  • Healthy eating habits (avoiding soda and sugar)

Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene

When your child is following the healthy dental care regimen above, there are several direct benefits to their oral and overall health:

  • Your child will likely develop fewer or no cavities, and enjoy healthy, strong gums
  • It will be easier and more effective to detect cavities early on, and treat them before decay is allowed to progress
  • With good oral hygiene, your child can avoid or diminish the risks caused by poor oral health listed above

For more information about good dental care for your child’s overall health, schedule your next consultation or dental appointment at Mimi Smiles! We look forward to helping your child achieve excellent oral hygiene and long term health and wellbeing.

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