5 Bad Habits for Kids Teeth

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
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Did you know that you should promote good dental hygiene before an infant’s first tooth appears?  After all, it will set them up for a lifetime of good dental habits. If you want to get your child’s teeth off to a good start, avoid the bad dental habits below.

Neglecting the dentist
When it comes to dental health, have a proactive approach. Children should visit the dentist within six months after their first tooth appears. After that first visit you should bring your child to the dentist for regular check-ups every six months. During these visits, your dentist can look for cavities, decay and other oral problems.

Drinking a baby bottle at night
Nighttime bottle-feeding can lead to pitting and discoloration of your child’s teeth. Sugar from the milk will stay on your kid’s teeth throughout the night which can eventually lead to the eating away of the enamel.

Swallowing toothpaste
Toothpaste usually contains fluoride, which is a natural cavity fighter. This is great for your teeth but it is definitely not good to swallow. Ingesting fluoride can lead to fluorosis--which causes white or brown spots on teeth. To be on the safe side, your child should use fluoride free toothpaste.

Thumb sucking with big-kid teeth
It is okay for your kid to suck their thumb as a baby or small child. Once they have a few permanent teeth this can become a problem. Thumb sucking can cause misalignment of the teeth. This can lead to a number of issues. If your child will not stop sucking their thumb make sure you let your dentist know!

Biting your nails
Biting your nails is not only bad for your nails but it is also extremely damaging to your dental health. When your child bites their nails they are increasing their risk for bruxism. Bruxism is unintentional teeth grinding. This can lead to sensitive teeth and pain.

Do you have questions about your child's oral health? Contact Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II today to schedule an appointment. To learn more about our pediatric dental practice, visit www.supermolar.com

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