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The Importance of Oral Health Care for your Child

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Jan 10, 2018 12:45 AM

Kids are sponges who absorb everything they hear and observe, and they gather most of this information from their parents. You might not assume your kids hear much of what you say when you're repeating instructions to clean their room for the tenth time that day or reminding them for what feels like the millionth time you do not condone running in the house, but they hear every word you say. They also see everything you do, and you are their biggest and most influential role model. If you're not focusing on the importance of oral healthcare for yourself or encouraging them to do the same, your kids are developing bad oral healthcare habits.

What's the Importance of Oral Healthcare for Kids?

You brush twice a day, but do you go to the dentist biannually or floss your teeth? Do you make the necessary appointments and encourage your kids to brush for two solid minutes? Do you place importance on caring for your teeth and their teeth? You should, because oral health care is a major factor in the increased risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart problems, causing strokes and heart attacks when you're older.

If you're not caring for your teeth the way you need to care for them, you increase your risk of suffering from or being diagnosed with any of the above. If your kids aren't caring for their teeth properly, their own risk of developing these health problems later in life are equally increased. Oral health either good or bad is directly related to your overall health, and that is the exact reason you must focus on teaching your kids all about good oral health care. "Poor oral healthcare causes gum disease and periodontal disease, and those problems cause irreversible health problems in anyone who fails to simply brush, floss, and visit the dentist for check-ups," states Dr. Mila Cohen. Preventing health problems is as easy as making a dental appointment.

Poor Oral Healthcare is Expensive

If you're worried about the cost of oral healthcare habits such as visiting the dentist regularly, think again. So long as you carry dental insurance, your checkups are likely free each time you see the dentist or they are available for a very low co-pay. Each time you see the dentist, the dentist is able to diagnose any problems that might be developing. They can treat that problem right away using much less invasive technology as well as prevent problems altogether.

If you don't go to the dentist and take your kids to the dentist, cavities and other health problems in the mouth go undiagnosed. Then they enter the bloodstream, then they affect other health problems. The problems in your mouth or your child's mouth are not so advanced it might require much more expensive dental work. It's more affordable to just see the dentist twice a year than it is to let things go too far.

Oral Healthcare is Learned Behavior at Home

If you want your kids to learn how to take care of their teeth, you must begin this journey at home. You need to let them see you brushing yours, flossing, and you must make sure they know you're seeing the dentist regularly. They learn good habits early, and that's when they become good habits they use for the rest of their lives. Teaching kids young is the way to ensure they make good decisions regarding their own healthcare. Bad habits such as not visiting the dentist are hard to break as they grow older and hear horror stories. Don't let this become the problems your kids face.

Your children should begin seeing the dentist as soon as they have their first tooth, but you should never wait longer than one year for them to make their first appearance in the dentist's office. If you waited longer, know there is no such thing as too late. You can start now, make up for lost time by making it a habit now, and you can help your kids learn how to care for their teeth properly. Call now, make their first appointment, and begin setting good examples for your kids.

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