According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly half of all children between the ages of 2 and 11 have had at least one cavity in their adult teeth. To help avoid this, children should be monitored while brushing their teeth until they are seven or eight years old.
Focusing your children on proper care of their teeth, which includes brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, and visiting the family dentist regularly will set them on the right path to avoid costly dental problems.
Almost half of all adults over the age of 30 have gum disease. Roughly twenty percent of all American adults are living with untreated cavities, and over 15 million have had work done due to missing teeth. American adults are dealing with a lot of serious dental issues. While not all dental problems can be avoided, many of them can with proper care and regular checkups.
Dental crowns, a root canal, tooth extraction; these are all really expensive and potentially painful procedures. However, they are necessary due to improper care and going long periods of time between dental visits. Many American adults have very poor dental hygiene routines, which are unfortunately being passed on to the next generation.
One of the best things a parent can do for a child is to teach them how to care for their teeth properly. This means helping them while they brush their teeth until they are four or five years old, and then continuing to watch them after that to ensure they are keeping good habits. This also means showing them how to floss properly and making sure they always have floss available and tooth brushes that are in good condition.
The family dentist should be someone the adults and children can trust and will look forward to visiting. A lot of adults report avoiding the dentist out of fear or a bad experience as a child. While you can’t change the past, you can change the future for your children. Find a dentist that is experienced and good with children.