20 Myths About Your Childs Mouth Care: Busted

20 Myths About Your Childs Mouth Care: Busted
Kids don’t always look forward to trips to the dentist’s office. As a parent, however, you know how important it is to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy. Sadly, there are quite a few myths about what is and isn’t good for your child’s mouth. Let’s see what we can do about exploding the 20 biggest myths of all.

1. You Should Only Visit the Dentist When You Feel Pain

This myth causes lots of long-term problems. The sooner you take care of a problem, such as a cavity or misaligned teeth, the better. That’s why kids should get regular check-ups, even when they don’t feel any discomfort.

2. Sugar is the Main Cause of Cavities

Cavities are caused by a certain type of bacteria that invades the mouth. While sugar can set off this process, so can many other foods, including many starches, fruits and even vegetables. 

3. Cavities Aren't Serious

Some cavities are worse than others. However, any untreated cavity has the potential to become infected and require more than just a simple filling. Many root canals are caused by cavities that are left untreated for too long. 

4. Baby Teeth Aren’t Important Since They Will Fall Out Anyway

Tooth decay that affects baby teeth can also have an impact on the permanent teeth that grow in later. That’s why it’s important to take good care of those baby teeth.

5. Kids Don’t Get Gum Disease

Some people believe that gum or periodontal diseases are something only adults have to worry about. The truth is, young kids and teenagers often have problems like gingivitis, which causes the swelling of gums. 

6. Kids Don’t Need to Visit the Dentist Until All of Their Teeth Are Grown In

It’s best to take a child to the dentist as soon as you see the appearance of any teeth. This not only ensures that everything is going well, it will also get the child comfortable with going to the dentist at an early age. 

7. It’s Good to Talk to Kids About Dental Procedures

While it’s great to teach your kids about the value of visiting the dentist, don’t overdo it. For example, if you discuss complicated procedures that you’ve gone through, you might end up scaring him or her. 

8. Braces Make it Hard to Live a Normal Life

Kids who need braces may have a fear that they will have trouble with everyday activities such as playing sports, singing or even eating. While braces can cause some soreness at first, kids will usually get used to them fairly quickly and lead normal lives. 

9. Baby Teeth Don’t Need to be Brushed

All teeth should be brushed, even the first baby teeth that you see in your infant’s mouth. Baby teeth should be brushed gently, but they do need to be kept clean. Your dentist can advise you on the best techniques.

10. Kids Don’t Have to Floss

Flossing is a vital practice that can help prevent cavities and other dental problems. Kids should learn to floss along with brushing. 

11. Juice is a Healthy Beverage For Kids

Juice is actually high in fructose, which can contribute to tooth decay as well as obesity. Some juice is okay, but it should be limited to four ounces per day. Juice should be considered a treat, similar to soda and other sugary drinks.

12. Young Kids Can Brush on Their Own 

While kids can learn the basics of brushing at a very early age, the manual dexterity needed for effective brushing doesn't develop until around age 8. An adult should help brush the child's teeth until then, sometimes even later.

13. Electric Toothbrushes Are Only For Adults

An electric toothbrush can be a useful tool for motivating a kid to brush properly. If you get an electric toothbrush for your child, make sure it has the stamp of approval from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 

14. Pacifiers Can’t Harm a Child’s Teeth

While pacifiers can be helpful in some ways, such as helping babies to sleep, they can also contribute to tooth misalignment. For this reason, it’s best for children to stop using them once they reach the age of two. 

15. Having a Bad Bite is Not Serious

Bad bites or malocclusions can cause problems for the teeth and gums if not treated early. If teeth are crooked or not aligned properly, the risk of cavities and other problems goes up. 

16. Placing a Sealant on a Tooth is a Painful Process

It is actually a fast and painless process that can prevent your child’s tooth from decaying. 

17. Brushing Your Teeth Has to be Boring

With the right attitude, kids can learn to enjoy brushing their teeth. By turning it into a game, it can become a fun challenge. 

18. All Kids Must be Taken to Pediatric Dentists

While pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with kids, and their offices are catered to kids, some general dentists are perfectly capable of treating children as well. If you aren’t sure, you can ask your pediatrician or family dentist for advice.

19. All Chewing Gum is Bad For Teeth

While chewing gum may not be allowed in class, the right kind of gum can actually be helpful for the teeth. The American Dental Association has a seal on certain sugarless gums that may help to prevent cavities. 

20. More Expensive Toothbrushes and Toothpastes Are Better

All you really need for effective brushing is a basic soft bristle brush and any toothpaste with fluoride. While kids might prefer fancier brands, there’s no need to spend a lot on these items.

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