Folks sometimes wonder why they should even bother with dental health for their children. After all, aren’t all of a child’s baby teeth going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth?
Technically yes. The genesis of adult teeth are situated deep in the jawbone and, at the right age, begin to push the baby teeth out to replace them. The adult teeth then grow into place and begin to root into the jawbone itself.
However, the future arrival of adult teeth doesn’t mean that baby teeth and kids’ dental health can be ignored. Proper dental care and growth are just as important as good nutrition, exercise, mental health and other lifestyle habits. That’s because dental configuration affects how a child appears, how they eat, how they socialize, and how they develop skills for taking care of their teeth later in life.
Why is dental health important for children?
Caring for children’s teeth has a huge impact on their social confidence and development. The fact is, children can be extremely insensitive to each other, particularly when a given child has some kind of visible aspect that makes him or her different from others. Poorly cared for teeth have a habit of turning into problems that become visible. Time and again, children who have visible aspects that make them look different are frequently picked on by their peers. Here are two tips to help your child have good dental health!
Nutrition has been repeatedly proven to be a key factor in children’s development. So anything that comes between a child and his or her ability to access good nutrition has a long-term effect on that child’s growth, development and overall health. Poor dental care is one of these factors. When children can’t eat normally because of sore chewing or missing teeth, they tend to not eat properly. That, in turn, has the potential to affect a child’s nutrition and proper growth. This negative path is preventable, but it hinges on making sure children’s teeth are taken care of regularly and early on.
Practicing proper dental hygiene ingrains habits in personal dental care that carry through a person’s entire life. This is critical because behavior of personal care has been repeatedly linked to people’s level of health during their adult life. A child who is trained to regularly brush and floss is very likely to continue doing so decade after decade, protecting his or her teeth from premature dental problems as a result.
So, yes, it is a fact that children lose their baby teeth regularly during the transition to early adolescence. However, that doesn’t mean early dental health should be ignored; quite the opposite is true. Parents have an obligation to help their children grow, develop the skills needed to do well in the world, and teach them how to take care of themselves. Dental health is just as important as math and reading, personal fitness, integrity and similar aspects of growing up right.