When parents or caregivers mistakenly say, “They are only baby teeth, they are going to fall out anyway” they have the wrong impression. The Age One Dental Visit sets the tone for lifelong dental health. The fact is, primary teeth serve as the guides for the permanent teeth and are critically important to the health and function of their adult successors. What's more, primary teeth are the child's teeth for most of childhood — children don't usually begin losing them until about age six, and the last primary teeth aren't lost until around age twelve. It's just as important to care for them as for the permanent teeth that come later.
Dental professionals can also provide important information on the types of food and their frequency that promote a child's oral health. At first glance, many foods like cereals, granola bars, and similar snacks may seem healthy and good for a child to have throughout the day. They aren't — and neither are foods like raisins or fruit juices, even though they contain natural sugars and are full of vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates in cereals, crackers, and granola bars will stick to the teeth where bacteria can easily interact with them over extended periods of time. And, regardless of whether the food contains processed or naturally-occurring sugars, bacteria metabolize both and form acid. Parents are advised to avoid giving their children sugary foods, especially in high frequency, that have any form of sugar listed as the first or second ingredient.
Opportunity for Promoting the Entire Family's Health
A child's oral health is closely related to the family's overall dental health and hygiene practices. The Age One Visit can educate parents or caregivers on the importance of their own good oral hygiene. So take this special time in your child's life and get the family checked. Call us today to set up your appointment.
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