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Common Misconceptions About Kids Teeth

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
Common Misconceptions About Kids TeethWhen parents bring their young ones into our offices, they usually have good basic knowledge of dental care. However, here are some of the most common misconceptions that we have heard over the years:

Milk teeth do not matter, since they will fall off with time

This is not true. The primary teeth that your child has are important as they help them talk clearly, chew food and even aid the development of their facial features. They also occupy the same space that the permanent teeth will need to grow into. If your young one loses their teeth prematurely, the teeth that neighbor it is likely to shift out of their natural position. This can block the growth of permanent teeth or cause them to become impacted.

You do not need to brush kid's teeth until they develop a full set

On the contrary, you can start caring for your young ones' oral health before the first tooth erupts! You can do this by wiping down their tender gums with a moist piece of cloth after every meal time. Dentists recommend that you begin brushing your kid's teeth just after the first tooth erupts using a small amount of toothpaste.

Kids do not need to use a dental floss

While it can be tricky to get dental floss for your young one, it is certainly worth the effort. Flossing is important for your child's teeth as it will clear food particles and plaque that are not within reach of their toothbrush. It will also ensure that they have excellent gum health.

Fruit juice will not harm my child's teeth

While fruit juices may offer some health benefits, they present a hazard for your young ones' teeth. The sugars that are present in the fruit juice linger in the mouth after your kid has consumed the beverage. These sugars then act as food for cavity-causing bacteria which secrete a weak acid that eats away at the enamel. If you have more concerns about your child's oral health, our team of professionals is always happy to help. Schedule a visit today!


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