Dental Health for Kids
Good dental habits are just as important for kids as they are for adults. Dr. Frame, our pediatric dentist in Santa Clara, offers child-friendly dental care that can help your child develop the right practices for his or her smile.
Why is dental care for children so important? Children’s teeth may not last, but the habits they create now are the ones that will remain with them for life and create the foundation for healthy dental practices to preserve their permanent teeth. Moreover, the baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth. When baby teeth are lost too early due to dental disease, this can affect how the adult teeth erupt. It can also leave the permanent teeth more vulnerable to dental disease. Additionally, several studies have shown how closely linked dental and overall health can be. Children with poor dental hygiene are not only more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease but may also be at a higher risk of pain-related dental problems in school, including lower GPAs, more missed school days and inattention.
Start healthy dental habits early in life. Use a soft washcloth to clean your baby’s gums after each feeding. Once teeth appear, you can continue cleaning them with a cloth or graduate to a soft toothbrush. Add a small amount of toddler toothpaste by the time your child reaches two or three. Electric toothbrushes can be a great tool for kids learning to brush their own teeth because they are effective at cleaning hard-to-reach areas and can encourage your child to brush longer. Healthy eating habits are also important, and your child should eat a varied diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products and with minimal sweets, processed foods and fast food.
Call us to learn more about teaching your children healthy dental habits or to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Frame.
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