If you’re raising a child, you want to do whatever you can to help your little one stay healthy and strong. Learning good habits can help your child stay healthy, but did you know that your child’s oral health can also affect the health of their body?
Poor dental hygiene can have a negative impact on anyone’s smile, regardless of age. Children are as vulnerable to tooth decay as adults are, although decay in children can have a different impact. If your child develops a cavity, they may experience pain and may not chew their food properly. This can make it difficult for your child to absorb enough of the nutrients they need, which can lead to weight loss. This is one reason it’s important for you to help your child brush and floss while they’re young. Typically, you’ll need to help children brush and floss until they’re able to tie their own shoes.
If you teach your children to care for their teeth well, they’ll be more likely to continue caring for their teeth as they get older. Similarly, if you help your child follow a good diet, their teeth will probably be stronger as they age. You should avoid giving your children too many sweets—including candies, juices, and sugary drinks.
If you’re interested in learning more about caring for your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Lexington Heights Dental at 801-756-2006. Dr. John Lohner and our team will gladly answer any questions you have. We’re excited to hear from you soon!