Habits. They are probably the leading topic of discussion in a pediatric dental practice. There is the good reason to stay up on the development of good habits. Doing so leads your child into a brighter dental future! The fewer dental problems that occur in childhood, the better a maturing individual will feel about seeing the dentist through adolescence and adulthood. Also, there’s that nice little benefit of avoiding pain.
Sometimes, to foster good habits means to pay attention to the bad habits that may be sneaking into your life. This is just as important for parents as it is for the children whose teeth they want to protect! Some of the common habits that could be degrading oral health include:
- Letting hidden hazards in. It can be incredibly difficult not to let hidden hazards into your life; they’re hidden! Most parents do what they can to cut sugar consumption, for themselves and their children. But did you know that acid is the real reason why enamel breaks down? Sugar is just the fuel for bacteria to produce acidic byproduct, and acid directly from foods like citrus fruits or beverages like sports drinks can quickly damage teeth.
- Giving it your all. You would think that giving something your all would produce the results you seek. This isn’t always the case; certainly not when it comes to oral care. Toothbrushes, especially for children (and older adults) should have soft bristles. The aggressiveness of a hard-bristled brush can cause scratches on enamel, not to mention the delicate gum tissue around teeth. In addition to using a soft-bristled brush, the gentle technique is also a must. Hard pressure is just as damaging as hard bristles.
- Forgetting the teamwork. We understand how difficult it can be to get your child to the dentist, especially if there are unpleasant experiences in their past. That is why we have developed our office with a priority on comfort and peace of mind. For your child (or you) to avoid common dental problems, teamwork is a must, and we are here for you.
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