At Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry, we take pride in providing top quality children’s dentistry in Liverpool, NY. Dr. Saini and our skilled team are committed to offering dental care for children that is safe and effective in a comfortable, anxiety-free office environment.
Over the years we have found that many parents believe that because their child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out, proper oral hygiene and dental care is less important. However, there are many ways in which your child’s oral health can affect their permanent teeth later on in life. Below we take a look at why children’s dentistry is so important and how you can get your child on track for a healthy, long-lasting smile.
Although your child’s baby teeth are not permanent, they play a vital role in his/her
overall oral health and development. By practicing good oral hygiene and dental care at a young age, children will learn to develop proper chewing, swallowing, and speech patterns that will last well into adulthood. Without the proper growth of these crucial advancements, your child could be at risk of learning to chew in a way that is bad for their jaw or developing a speech impediment. Furthermore, although they will not stay in for long, you child’s baby teeth need to stay healthy until they fall out naturally. Tooth decay can make loosing teeth a very painful and unhealthy process.
Your child’s baby teeth serve as an important guide for the normal eruption of permanent teeth. Initially existing in cavities above the baby teeth, permanent teeth will push on the roots of the baby teeth and cause a process called root resorption, in which the baby teeth slowly disintegrate away. Without the guidance of the baby teeth, the permanent teeth can erupt in improper, crooked manners and could cause you more money at the orthodontist in the future!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Did you know that children in America miss approximately 51 million hours of school every year due to dental heath issues? We can reduce that number dramatically with a few simple oral health practices that can prevent your child from missing out on valuable classroom learning. Use this month as a reminder of how important oral health is for children and create a fun routine that encourages your child to keep up with proper oral hygiene. Developing good habits at a young age and scheduling regular check-ups with your Liverpool children’s dentist can ensure that your child gets a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!
If you have any further questions about your child’s dental health, feel free to contact us at our Liverpool, NY dental office. To schedule an appointment for your child’s first visit with us, give us a call and our friendly staff will be happy to help. We look forward to establishing proper oral hygiene habits with you and your child!
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!