Children’s Dental: Facts and Myths
As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. When it comes to their dental care, you might be tempted to skimp to save a few bucks. But trust us, taking your child to the dentist is important! This blog post will debunk some common myths about children’s dental care.
Many parents don’t realize how important it is to take their children to the dentist on a regular basis. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children see a dentist by age 1.
But dental care for children can be confusing. There are so many products on the market and different ways to brush and floss. Plus, there are a lot of myths out there about children’s dental care. So, how can you sort through all the information and find what is best for your child?
Myth #1: Baby teeth aren’t important because they are going to fall out.
Fact: Baby teeth are very important! They help your child learn how to eat and speak and hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent tooth may not come in correctly.
Myth #2: Fluoride is bad for children.
Fact: Fluoride is actually good for children! It helps prevent cavities by making the tooth enamel stronger. You can find fluoride in many products, including toothpaste and mouthwash, and it’s also added to some water supplies.
Myth #3: Brushing harder is better.
Fact: You don’t need to brush harder; you just need to brush longer! Brushing too hard can damage the enamel of your child’s teeth. Instead, focus on brushing for two minutes twice a day. And don’t forget to floss!
Myth #4: Dental sealants are only for children with cavities
Fact: Dental sealants can actually help prevent cavities! They are a thin coating applied to the back teeth, which are the most likely to get cavities. Sealants can last for several years and need to be reapplied as they wear down.
Myth #5: All mouthwashes are the same
Fact: Not all mouthwashes are created equal! Some mouthwashes only mask bad breath, while others help prevent cavities and plaque buildup. Be sure to read the labels carefully to find a mouthwash that is right for your child.
Myth #6: Children don’t need to see the dentist if they’re not having any problems
Fact: Even if your child isn’t having any problems, it’s important to take them to the dentist for regular checkups. The dentist can spot problems early and prevent them from getting worse.
Myth #7: Dental X-rays are unsafe
Fact: Dental X-rays are actually very safe! The amount of radiation exposure from a dental X-ray is very low. Plus, dentists take extra precautions to protect your child, such as using lead aprons.
We’re Here for You
As a parent, it’s important to do everything you can to keep your child healthy, including ensuring their teeth are healthy!
At Youth Dental and Vision, we do everything we can to make a visit to the dentist an enjoyable experience. The earlier you start, the easier it will be for your child. Remember, children under two years of age are eligible for a free dental check-up!
We have locations in Denver, Thornton, Aurora, and Hampden, and Spanish-speaking staff and translators in all our locations. We accept many insurance plans, including Medicaid and Denver Health. If you’re looking for the best kids’ dentist in Denver, call (303) 953-8801 or complete the online booking form to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to meeting you!