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Important Facts About Your Child’s Dental Health
Important Facts About Your Child’s Dental Health
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Important Facts About Your Child’s Dental Health

The functions of teeth go beyond chewing, and our pearly whites are as important to kids as they are to adults. Yes, each baby tooth will soon unfasten itself from a child’s gums as they reach a certain age to make way for permanent teeth. But parents should take good care of their child’s baby teeth as much as they would for the permanent ones. Here’s why:

Chomping on the foods we eat may be the first thing that crosses your mind when asked about the functions of teeth. But there are other essential functions that tend to be overlooked—maintaining proper speech and forming the facial structure.

The baby teeth play a key role in a child’s speech development since there’s a mouthful of words that need the tongue, cheek, lips, and teeth to be enunciated correctly. During the stage where children learn to utter new sets of words, it is important that they master the proper pronunciation of every syllable right then and there.

Moreover, taking care of your child’s baby teeth will prevent future dental problems such as tooth decay, infection, discomfort, and more.

Listed below are the important dental care tips for your child:

  1. Book early dental appointments Pick up the phone and call your dentist once you see your child’s first tooth come through their gums. Scheduling a visit within six months of your child’s teething would promote superb dental health down the road. Also, paying a regular visit to the clinic will take out every ounce of fear from your child when they sit in the dental chair. Bring your child to the dentist for a dental check-up every six months or ask them about the frequency of your visits.

  2. Avoid sugary foods and drinks Your sleeping baby with their mouth gripping on to a bottle of milk may be cute but it is completely unhealthy. Prolonged exposure to sugary foods and liquids such as milk, fruit juice, sweetened water, and the like will only lead to unwanted tooth decay.

  3. Let your dentist know if thumb sucking affects teeth alignment Thumb sucking or pacifier sucking is an infant’s and young child’s natural reflex and is completely normal. They suck on practically everything usually to fall asleep and studies show that they feel a sense of security when they do such activity. On the flipside, dental problems will arise depending on the habit’s intensity, duration, and frequency. Usually, children get past thumb sucking when they reach the ages two and four. However, there are cases where some children are unable to overcome the habit, gravely impacting their oral development.

There are two types of thumb sucking: passive thumb sucking and vigorous thumb sucking. The former refers to the thumb that is only resting in the mouth and will not affect the teeth alignment at all. The latter, on the other hand, has higher chances of disrupting the growing teeth.

Pediatric dentist in Abu Dhabi

Adam and Eve Specialized Medical Centre provides pediatric dental care for your babies and children. Feel free to visit our dental clinic to give your child optimal oral care.