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4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Their Child’s Smile

January 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — rozas @ 10:06 am
a child smiling while at the dentist

It’s not easy being a parent; there are many things you need to be mindful of concerning the well-being of your child! One thing to keep tabs on is their oral health, as you certainly want them to have a healthy and beautiful smile. But there might be some things you aren’t quite sure about. Keep reading to learn more from your pediatric dentist about four things that every parent should know concerning their little one’s smile.

Fact #1: Tooth Decay Poses a Very Serious Threat

Tooth decay is the most predominant harmful dental condition among children, and if left untreated, it can destroy a child’s teeth and have a lasting impact on their overall health and their confidence! Tooth decay reduces the enamel found on the surface of teeth, but fluoride can effectively reinforce and protect enamel; it just can’t repair or restore it. Tooth decay can also lead to nasty oral infections that can infiltrate the bloodstream and cause significant health issues.

Fact #2: Cavities Have Many Different Causes

According to the CDC, over 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 will get a cavity. Things like candy and sodas can cause cavities, but that’s not all: starchy snacks like crackers, cookies, and bread can also increase the likelihood of developing cavities. Children can also “catch” cavities from others, via bacteria transferred through saliva by means of things like kissing and sharing utensils.

Fact #3: Baby Teeth Matter

Even though baby teeth are destined to fall out, it’s necessary that they remain healthy and in place until that time comes. They serve as the blueprints for your child’s incoming adult teeth, and if they become decayed or damaged, it can negatively impact your child’s future smile! Cavities, cracks, chips, or other problems found in baby teeth need to be addressed just as urgently as if they were permanent teeth.

Fact #4: Be Mindful of Sports and Knocked-Out Teeth

Children who play sports generally have a higher risk of dental injuries, including fractured and knocked-out teeth. Be sure that your child wears any necessary protective equipment, such as a mouth guard, during their activities—even non-contact sports like basketball are potentially dangerous!

Your child is a source of pride and joy, so you should be sure that you’re taking every step necessary to protect and preserve their dental health and ensure their smile is set up for a healthy future.

About the Author

Dr. Melissa Rozas has proudly served patients and families in the Coppell, TX community for several years. Dr. Rozas received her dental doctorate from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston and is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, in addition to maintaining Fellowship in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit for your child, feel free to contact her practice online or over the phone for assistance: (972) 393-9779.

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