Consequences of Dental Problems in Childhood
Teeth are supposed to be designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, some of our habits can significantly shorten their lifespan. This often begins in childhood, when developing healthy dental habits is critical for kids. The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine and School of Dentistry is currently conducting a study to determine the relationship between diet and dental problems in kids. Their focus is on children who were born prematurely. Such research shows that premature kids are more likely to have nutritional problems and chronic diseases in adulthood, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
During the new study, researchers will be determining if children are modifying their diet as a result of dental problems, such as decay, tooth loss or misalignments. The easy-to-chew foods that adults often prefer as a result of dental issues could be increasing their risk of obesity and disease. If kids are making these same choices, it could also be increasing their risk, also.
Encouraging your children to develop and maintain healthy dental and lifestyle habits can benefit them for the rest of their lives. A balanced diet should include foods from each of the food groups in a proper balance, but should contain minimal processed foods, such as starchy foods and simple sugars. Kids should be encouraged to brush and floss twice a day. They should be monitored while they brush their teeth, also, to ensure they do a good job. They should be shown how to floss and instructed to floss daily. Biannual checkups and cleanings should be started by the time your child is a year old or has his or her first tooth. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in pediatric dentistry in Santa Clara.
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