It can be difficult to get your loved ones interested in taking care of their teeth—especially your little ones. If your child seems less than interested in caring for their smile, they probably need a crash course in the importance of a beautiful, healthy smile. Your dentist in Westminister is here to share a few fun facts about how awesome the smile truly is.
Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Smile
- Kids in prehistoric times likely did not suffer from tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, sugar wasn’t around to start tooth decay.
- The protective layer of your teeth (tooth enamel) is the strongest protective layer your body creates.
- Teeth contain stem cells. In fact, some researchers are using dental stem cells to regrow human teeth. If successful, this technology would mean that scientists could potentially replace teeth with natural human teeth.
- Unlike bones or other parts of the body, teeth cannot repair themselves. This is why preventive care is critical to maintaining a healthy smile.
- Tooth decay is actually classified as an infectious disease because it is caused by a particular strain of bacteria passed between multiple people. In fact, it’s one of the most prevalent diseases to affect children’s health.
Tell Your Children to Take Care of Their Teeth!
Sometimes as a parent, you’ll be the “bad guy.” No matter how much your child doesn’t like brushing their teeth, they have to so that they have a beautiful smile for years to come.
There are ways for you to make brushing and flossing fun but you have to get creative. Develop a reward system for when your child consecutively completes their dental routine. Or, try making it a game so that your child looks forward to that time of the day. Here are the basics your child needs to know:
- Your child needs to brush his teeth twice a day, in the morning and before they go to sleep.
- Make sure your child uses a small amount of toothpaste onto a soft, children’s toothbrush to brush their teeth in a gentle, circular pattern.
- Ensure that your little one is brushing the inside and outside surfaces of their teeth thoroughly to remove bacteria and food particles from their mouth.
- Get them familiar with flossing by practicing with them regularly.
- Make sure you schedule semi-annual pediatric dental appointments.
Hopefully, after sharing this interesting information about smiles, your little one will have a different take on how important it is to care for their teeth.
About Our Office
When it comes to achieving and maintaining optimal oral health for your whole family, finding an outstanding dental team who can support you is super important. You can trust us here at Sage Dental Care! We’re here to help you and your loved ones feel confident about their healthy, beautiful teeth. Feel free to contact us to schedule your next appointment.