All About Teeth

Your child’s smile is an integral part of their identity and self-expression. Throughout their lives, their smile will play an important role in their social interactions and confidence. It may even affect their career prospects well into the future. While it may be hard to see this now, their smile has an impact greater than you may realize. This is why we stress the importance of taking care of their teeth — beginning with the very first tooth.

Your Child’s Primary Teeth

Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, they serve an important purpose in the development of your child’s smile. Baby teeth help your child learn to speak clearly and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth and help guide them into place. Additionally, these first teeth help your child feel confident and comfortable while they are learning to smile, laugh, and socialize.

Preparing For Permanent Teeth

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Even so, they can be damaged by decay and disease, just like baby teeth. That is why it is important to start taking care of your child’s primary teeth as soon as they come in. By teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early, you can help them avoid serious oral health issues in the future.

What You Can Do

The best way to care for your child’s teeth is to start early and be consistent. As soon as your child’s teeth start to come in, you can begin cleaning them. Use a soft, wet cloth to wipe their teeth and gums after they eat. When they are old enough, you can teach them to brush their teeth using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. It is important to floss your child’s teeth as soon as their teeth start to touch. This will help prevent cavities and gum disease. 

Make sure to take your child to our office for regular checkups and cleanings. Our team can spot early signs of decay and give you tips on how to best care for your child’s teeth.

The Importance of a Healthy Smile

The importance of a healthy smile can be seen in both oral and mental health. There are a number of problems that can be prevented by maintaining good oral health, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath
  • Infections
  • Tooth loss

Additionally, a healthy smile plays its part in mental health by boosting self-esteem and confidence. People with healthy teeth and gums are more likely to smile often, which has been linked to overall happiness. Additionally, good oral health can help prevent mental health problems, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Social isolation

Did You Know?

Now that you understand the importance of caring for teeth at all ages, we are excited to share some fun facts with you about teeth! Feel free to share these facts with your child so they can see how amazing their teeth are.

  • There are 32 permanent teeth in an adult mouth — 16 on the top and 16 on the bottom.
  • Some animals only get one set of teeth in their lifetime, but humans get two.
  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body, but it can still be damaged by acid.
  • Teeth are all unique — no two sets of teeth are exactly alike.

Proud To Serve Their Smile

Caring for your child’s teeth is an important part of helping them develop into healthy and confident adults. By teaching them good oral hygiene habits now, you can set them up for success later in life.

At our Taylorsville, UT practice, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for your child. We understand the importance of healthy teeth and are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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