Why Your Child’s Oral Health Habits are Important
If you’re a parent, we don’t have to tell you that raising kids is a lot of work! There are many responsibilities, but if oral health isn’t a priority for your child, it should be.
Have you ever had a mild toothache that left you feeling irritable and out of sorts? But, as an adult, you know that all you have to do is call your dentist who will address the problem and provide the relief you need.
But imagine you’re a little child with the same uncomfortable toothache. If they are too young to understand what pain is, they not only hurt, but they may be confused and not understand what’s happening to them or why. When your child can’t tell you what’s wrong, the result is that many areas of their life will be impacted:
- Nutrition may suffer because eating is uncomfortable
- They may pass up playtime because they don’t feel well
- Learning can become a problem because tooth pain makes it difficult for them to concentrate
Helping Your Child Enjoy a Full Life
If you follow some basic rules, oral health care for your child is not complicated, but you do need to be proactive. You should start with oral hygiene for your child right after birth by wiping their gums gently with a soft cloth or gauze pad to remove milk or formula buildup.
When their first tooth makes its appearance, arrange for them to visit the dentist. First visits, or “happy visits” as they’re sometimes called are typically low stress, and your dentist will probably use much of the time to educate you about proper oral care for your child.
Please Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
If you’re looking for a dental practice that offers pediatric dentistry in Harleysville, PA, please call the office of William T. McMaugh, DDS. Our team enjoys starting kids off with positive feelings about their oral health, and we have plenty of helpful tips we can share!