Why Good Oral Health Is So Important for your Child’s Well-Being
Kids come with a lot of responsibilities, and one is their oral health. As far as priorities go in their little lives, this may not seem like it’s at the top of the list, but it should be.
You know that if you have even a mild toothache can leave you feeling depressed or out of sorts; however, it’s not the end of the world because you know it’s a toothache, and all you have to do to get relief is pick up the phone and make an appointment with your dentist.
Now imagine you’re a child with that same toothache. They may be too young to grasp what pain is, so they not only hurt, but they don’t understand what’s happening to them. If they can’t articulate the problem, many areas of their lives will be impacted:
- Eating may be uncomfortable, so their nutrition may suffer
- They don’t feel well, so they may not feel much like playing
- Tooth discomfort can make it difficult for them to concentrate and learn
Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Life
Oral health care for children is not complicated, but you have to be proactive. Hygiene for your little one should start right after birth by gently wiping their gums with a soft cloth to remove formula or milk buildup.
When their first teeth start to appear, take your child for their first dental “exam.” These visits are typically low key and are as much about educating you as they are treating your child. Write down your questions and concerns and use this time to get helpful tips from your dentist and hygienist.
As your child grows, get them involved in their oral health by helping them brush properly and making healthier food choices like a piece of fresh fruit instead of a sugar-laden fruit roll-up.
Call Your Columbia, IL Children’s Dentist
Our team loves helping children get a positive start on a lifetime of healthy smiles. Please call Dr. Steven Workman to arrange an appointment so we can get started!