Children's Dental Care
During childhood, it is important for parents to encourage their children's dental health. During the ages of 6 and 10 primary, or (baby) teeth are being replaced by permanent (adult) teeth. This is an important age to solidify proper dental habits. During this age, children should be taught to care for their teeth on their own with instruction from their dentist and encouragement from their parents.
When primary or "baby" teeth are not cared for properly, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, pain and infection. Research shows that there's a strong connection between oral and overall health and wellness for children and adults. Dental care is one of the most neglected forms of health care among children.
There's an opportunity beginning in early childhood (ages 2 - 11) for parents to encourage their child to begin practicing good oral habits. Along with their dentist and hygienist, children should be taught about the importance of caring for their teeth.