We tend to focus a lot on our children’s social development and how they get along with other children -more social skills and development than much of anything else. The fact of the matter is, all of these things that we are trying to teach our children are never really connected directly to tooth development. All of these things are changing for your little one at the same time, learning how to talk, how to eat solid food and how to socialize with other children. It is around this time that the foundation of dental hygiene is laid. Your local family dentist, Smithville Family Dentist is here to help you and your children have the healthiest smiles for many years to come.
Any family dentist will tell you that keeping a baby’s mouth in good health requires brushing before teeth even appear. Of course a brush is much too hard to brush a baby’s gums with and that is why using a soft washcloth and wiping down the gums is the best thing to do. If the baby teeth are not taken care of the onset of periodontal disease in developing gums will eventually cause tooth loss. The baby teeth could then fall out early and create issues for the emerging teeth. Speech development is extremely important for your little one and their baby teeth have a large role to play in it. The simple act of chewing is learned when teeth become prominent and the exciting discovery of the joy of food is just happening. A lifetime of good habits are beginning with these milestones and a major one is your child’s self-esteem.
We all know that kids say exactly what is on their minds and that sometimes has to do with another’s appearance. If an individual has bad teeth, and it is apparent, it is a pretty good bet that a child has commented on it at one point or another. Now, your child’s teeth are an important part of their development. A positive self image is important to emotional development, and keeping your kiddo’s teeth healthy will aid in the positive development. Taking the time to instill good dental hygiene is one of the best things you can give your children.
Equally as critical is providing a good example for your children by showing them that pride in your appearance and health is the key to a lifetime of good health. As a parent, taking your kids to the dentist early in life is a good way to avert the fear of going to the dentist before it begins. I mean, let’s face it, a lot of adults are frightened of the dentist as well. The compassionate staff at Smithville Family Dentistry is here to serve the dental needs of you and your family. If you or your children have any fears about going to the dentist please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We can put all of your fears at ease and help you maintain the best smile possible. Give us a call for an appointment, and take care of your dental health.