It’s no secret that regular dental exams are important for healthy teeth and gums, especially when it comes to children’s dentistry. But there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding dental care that can keep kids and parents from getting their routine teeth cleanings when they need them.

1. Children should have teeth before visiting the dentist.

While a dentist does perform dental exams and check out your children’s teeth to make sure they’re healthy and strong, kids ought to begin their regular dental visits at age one. This helps to ensure your baby’s gums are healthy. It also gets your child ready for preventative dental care.

2. Baby teeth aren’t that important.

Baby teeth provide the necessary space for permanent teeth to line up under the gums. When baby teeth develop cavities that go untreated, your child’s permanent teeth are more likely to develop cavities, too. Children who don’t brush or floss their baby teeth regularly aren’t likely to brush or floss their permanent teeth, either. It’s important to make sure that your child’s teeth are as healthy as possible, no matter their age.

3. Flossing can create spaces between the teeth.

Flossing doesn’t create space between the teeth. It helps to reach the spaces already there between the teeth that toothbrushes can’t get to. This helps to keep food and plaque from building up along the teeth and gums, which can turn into tartar if left alone.

4. The beverages I drink don’t matter if I brush.

Different beverages contain different amounts of sugar that can create more plaque when they combine with the bacteria and saliva in your mouth. While you might not be able to forego your morning coffee, it’s recommended to reduce the amount of soda and juice you drink throughout the day. Try to drink more water throughout the day not only to stay hydrated but also to keep plaque from forming on your teeth.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding dental care and oral hygiene. But the good news is that, by being proactive with your dental health and dental exams, you can help to combat these misconceptions. To learn more about pediatric dentistry and orthodontics of Virginia, contact Pediatric Dental Care today.

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