As per the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, early childhood dental care is extremely important since it helps to keep the oral health of children in good condition. They say that parents should take children to a dentist as soon as they turn 1 year old.

Prevention is better than cure. Early dental checkups help children to avoid cavities and ultimately tooth decay, which can lead to various kinds of health issues later.

Here are a few reasons why early childhood dental care is so important in our country.

  • Helps to avoid tooth decay: Heard that adage a stitch in time saves 9? The same is applicable for dental health as well. When you take your child to a dentist, he can tell you how to take care of your baby’s teeth and help him/her to avoid cavities.

The tooth cavity is a serious dental disease and needs thorough treatment. Last month, my friend’s 4-year-old son complained of acute pain in his teeth. My friend who lives in Kolkata took him to a reputed pediatric dentist immediately. After inspecting the child’s teeth and gums, he concluded that the child has a tooth cavity. It developed due to falling asleep in the afternoon with a bottle of juice in his mouth.

The child has to undergo dental treatment in Kolkata. He has no other choice. The dentist asked my friend to make her son drink juice or milk from a cup henceforth. Furthermore, the dentist told her a lot of things. For instance, the probable reasons for tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Teaches to brush properly: Early childhood dental care is also important for another reason. A pediatric dentist knows the proper brushing techniques for kids. He can teach patients the right technique to brush their teeth. Parents need to learn the right technique to brush teeth until the child acquires the motor skill to brush and floss on his own.

If you really want that your kid has a healthy smile and good teeth, then it’s important to brush twice a day – in the morning and at bedtime. It’s extremely important to brush your child’s teeth properly. Use a special kid’s toothbrush at the time of brushing your teeth. Kid’s toothbrush is made in a special way so that it fits small mouths perfectly and has soft bristles. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush. The size should be as big as a pea. But try to avoid using fluoride toothpaste for your little munchkins.

Ask your kid to open his mouth wide and then brush his teeth with small strokes. Focus on the backside of your kid’s teeth first. Brush in little circles. Then move the toothbrush towards the front side of your kid’s teeth. Brush the gums as well because they are as important as teeth. Move the toothbrush on every side of your kid’s teeth – top, front, and backside of each tooth. Make sure you don’t leave a single portion of your child’s teeth.

Most children have the habit of swallowing toothpaste. Teach your child to spit the toothpaste after brushing is done. Warn kids that their tummy will be upset if they swallow toothpaste.

Usually, parents don’t give importance to flossing when it comes to kids. But that is not actually true. Flossing is important for kids too. It helps to remove food and plaque that develop between the teeth and gum line. If you don’t remove food and plaque from your kid’s mouth regularly, then it may lead to tartar later. And, that will be fatal for your kid.

Do you know when is the right time to start flossing? Don’t have any idea? This is why I always say that parents should consult a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. The pediatric dentist recommends flossing from the time 2 teeth touch each other. There is no need to floss every day. You can floss twice a week. That would be enough for your kid.

  • Help your kids to eat healthily: Healthy eating and drinking can help your kids to have clean teeth. A pediatric dentist can help you understand what your kid should eat and not eat. He can give you a diet chart where you can understand what food you should give for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If your kid is really hungry and wants to have snacks, give fruits, low-fat cheese, and raw veggies. Make delicious sandwiches with low-fat cheese for breakfast. Don’t allow your kid to eat sweets and sugary soda. If your kid is thirsty, then ask him to drink water or low-fat milk. 

Final notes

Tooth decay is a major problem among children. In the USA, 40% of children suffer from some kind of dental disease by the time they are in kindergarten. The percentage is even higher for primary school-aged children. Almost 60% of children get affected by dental diseases. This is why a visit to a pediatric dentist is a must for kids. As per the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, early childhood dental care helps kids to eat food easily, speak coherent words, and smile with self-confidence.

The best part of early childhood dental care is that it helps your kids to have a beautiful smile for their entire life. Try to find a good pediatric dentist near your home as soon as you can. After all, you wouldn’t want to take any risk when it’s about your kid’s teeth.