But we’re not just talking about baby teeth. We’re talking about the literal infancy of your oral health. Starting strong with focused and disciplined oral hygiene can mean years upon years of healthy teeth that don’t cause any problems. While it might be too late for parents, don’t you want to start strong with your child? Good habits now mean fewer cavities, fewer fillings, and ultimately – less of a need for more advanced tooth replacement treatments later on (like dental crowns, dental bridges, and – ultimately – dentures).
Many parents often wonder about what they need to look out for to ensure a trouble-free dental future for their children. Fortunately, the answers are pretty simple. Typically, it comes down to three things.
A dental injury with baby teeth doesn’t necessarily mean an adult tooth will replace it perfectly. If left untreated, disturbance to a baby tooth could very well mean that an adult tooth doesn’t have the guidance or support it needs to become a straight and properly aligned adult tooth. Not only do baby teeth help your child eat, they also serve as a valuable guide for teeth that are on their way. So, discourage your child from risky dental behaviors that can lead to chipping, cracking, or even knocking teeth out. These risks can range from biting into hard candies and getting into trouble with gravity, to running with objects dangling out of their mouths. Needless to say, while it’s impossible to prevent some accidents – early treatment (if possible) is the best solution to ensure a better long-term outcome.
Around the world, the most common dental problem in children is almost always decay (and the cavities that come with it). In most cases, pain signals the presence of a cavity and the problem is relatively easy to patch up for good. However, when a cavity is left untreated – it can easily lead to infection, chewing issues, pain and discomfort, speech problems, malnutrition, and more.
This is where a good oral hygiene foundation is important, and it should always include brushing (twice a day), flossing daily, rinsing, and yearly visits to your dentist’s office. At our dental office in Orange County – we recommend twice a year.
There are a wide variety of common, treatable, and manageable congenital dental conditions. These can often range from weaker enamel to a long list of abnormalities pertaining to tooth position, shape, and size. In some cases, some teeth can also be missing. Conditions like these aren’t altogether uncommon, and are one thing a good local dentist will discuss with new parents at their baby’s first dentist appointment (learn more about your baby’s first dental exam here).