3 Myths Regarding the Care of Baby Teeth
From the time your first child was born, you probably started getting a lot of advice from family and friends. Some of it may have been really good advice, while at other times you may have immediately been able to identify the advice as an old wives’ tale. Here are 3 misconceptions about baby teeth that come up frequently.
Myth #1: My Toddler Can Brush His or Her Own Teeth
There are a few reasons why your kids should have their teeth brushed by you for the first few years. First of all, a child needs to be able to appreciate the importance of brushing every tooth and not just the front ones. Second, until a child is old enough to understand the need to spit out the toothpaste, you should be doing the brushing, and possibly just with water.
Myth #2: Baby Teeth Fall Out, So Why Take Care of Them?
There are a few reasons this attitude is dangerous. First of all, decaying baby teeth can affect your child’s gums and cause unnecessary pain. Second, baby teeth are placeholders for adult teeth, so healthy baby teeth are important to the proper eruption of permanent teeth. Finally, you want to get your children into a routine of good oral care as young as possible, so those good habits stick.
Myth #3: If My Child Isn’t in School, It’s Not Time for the Dentist Yet
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit be when the child’s first tooth erupts and by age 1 at the latest. If you wait until a child starts school at age 5 to make a dental appointment, your child will be years behind on proper preventative care.
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