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Five Common Misconceptions about Kids' Teeth
Dec 02, 2021

Five Common Misconceptions about Kids' Teeth

We speak with a lot of parents about their children's teeth and how to keep them healthy. Parents frequently ask about things they've heard in the news and are unsure about. We want to share some of these frequent misunderstandings with you so that you can learn the truth about your child's dental health as well!

"As soon as they are able, children should brush their teeth."

Kids won't be able to wash their teeth adequately until they can tie their shoes. Even then, you may need to assist them in brushing their back teeth. It's ideal for keeping an eye on them as they start brushing on their own so you can model healthy habits and support your children's success.

"Baby teeth are unimportant since they will fall out at some point."

Baby teeth are crucial because cavities can impact the adult teeth forming beneath them, causing pain and swelling. They're also required till your child is 12-13 years old to hold the space so that their permanent six-year molars don't shift forward and obstruct the eruption of subsequent adult teeth... That'd be a lot more trouble than a filling! Overall, the healthier your child's baby teeth are, the more likely their adult teeth will be beneficial because destructive behaviours will carry over into adulthood if they don't establish good ones now.

"When my child wakes up, the most important thing for him to do is brush his teeth."

Brushing your children's teeth is very crucial right before bedtime. Allow them to eat or drink nothing except water after brushing their teeth. If food particles and sugars remain on your child's teeth all night, dental caries might develop even faster. Everyone agrees that brushing at night is more necessary than brushing in the morning. Brushing twice a day is still recommended. Clean your teeth at night to keep your friends, and brush your teeth in the morning to keep your friends!

"Children should not chew gum," says the author.

It is acceptable for children to chew gum!

It is safe for kids to chew gum as long as it is sugar-free. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal is especially beneficial because it stimulates saliva flow, which helps wash food particles away and returns your mouth to a more balanced pH more rapidly. It's okay for your youngster to chew gum as long as they do not swallow it

"Juice is a nutritious option."

While juice may appear to be healthful because it is prepared from fruit, it is cumbersome in sugar and contributes to childhood tooth disease. It also makes no difference whether the juice is watered down or not; 99 per cent water with 1% juice is just as dangerous as ordinary juice. Similarly, milk should not be given to youngsters soon before bedtime (unless they brush immediately after).

Throughout the day, try to keep your youngster from drinking anything but water. If they wish to drink soda, juice, or milk, they should do it with a snack within 20 to 30 minutes.

Cheese, peanuts and vegetables are all excellent snacks for youngsters in general. A good idea to follow is to choose healthy snacks by looking for low sugar content on the labels.