I posted this top 5 list a few years ago but thought I would share it again in honor of National Dental Hygiene Month.
As a mom I always say that Erick was my test baby. When you are a first time parent you have no clue what you are doing, your first kid gets to teach you so you know what you are doing with the rest of them. Right?
Well Erick taught us a VERY expensive lesson regarding oral care. Erick LOVED his bottle. He wanted it morning, noon and night. Being the loving mom that I was… I gave it to him. Little did I know that this would have an adverse effect on my beautiful boy. Milk and juice are HORRIBLE on the teeth and a child who falls asleep with a bottle in their mouth is absolutely going to get cavities. This is what happened to Erick, at 3 years old our son had to have four of his front teeth removed to prevent damage to his permanent teeth. Below please find my top 5 reasons why oral care is important early in life. If you don’t have dental coverage consider going to dental school I understand that they offer low cost dental care.
5. You don’t want a child with yuck mouth so make sure you take them to the dentist when they have about 10 teeth in their mouth or when they turn 2 which ever comes first.
4. Make sure you use a warm cloth to clean your baby’s gum’s and tongue if they don’t have teeth yet.
3. Never I repeat NEVER allow your little one to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice. The liquid pools around their teeth and can rot them.
2. If you notice any discoloration on their teeth make sure you take them to the dentist STAT.
1. The number one reason why oral care is important early in life is because dental care is expensive! If you can prevent having a $2,0000 extraction bill for a 3 year old do so. Erick had to have four of his front teeth removed after I gave birth to the twins because his teeth were rotting from sleeping with a bottle. He will now be toothless for his first three years of school! All his class pictures from pre-K to about second grade will look like he lost his two front teeth.
So make sure you get your kids teeth checked every six months and don’t let your baby sleep with a bottle even if it’s water!
The ADHA (American Dental Hygienists’ Association) 2012 theme for national Dental hygiene month is, “Keep them healthy. Keep them clean.” which features ways people can incorporate a simple oral health regimen into an active and busy life in order to maintain optimal oral health. Click here for tips on keeping your pearly whites healthy and clean!
Hope this information helps.
Until next time…