Whatever an individual happens to do consistently (good or bad) tends to become habitual over time. As one gets older it gets easier to decipher between the things that are good and stimulate positive results in your life opposed to the things that may be negative or be a drain to your time and energy. When you look at children however, they are at a unique time in their lives where they are still influenced by many things and can easily develop bad habits which can set them on the wrong track.
One of the many jobs of parents is to help set their children on a successful path in life by providing the right opportunities for them to be influenced by positive people and things which can help facilitate good habits. In the U.S it is currently National Children’s Oral Health Month and dentists want to promote the awareness and importance of establishing good dental habits at a young age. “Some people believe primary, or “baby” teeth are not very important. However, primary teeth have significant jobs to do, including helping children chew and speak and holding space for permanent teeth, he said.
” ‘A healthy mouth helps keep a child healthy overall’, Bimstein (Dr. Enrique Bimstein of chief of the Division of Oral Health Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry) said. ‘Dental pain, from something like a toothache, can be very distracting in a classroom setting and may require children to miss school time in order to receive necessary treatment. If left untreated, problems can sometimes lead to more serious infections, placing a child at risk for larger health problems.’
Bimstein provides a few oral health reminders:
·Brush two minutes, two times a day with fluoride toothpaste.
·Floss daily to help reach where brushing misses.
·Schedule a child’s first dental visit no later than age 1 year old, and schedule regular checkups following their first visit.
‘With proper care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits, children’s primary teeth can remain healthy and strong — helping to maintain their overall health,’ said Bimstein.”
Make sure your child sees their Ottawa dentist regularly so they can be put on the right track for a life of good dental health.