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The truth behind several dental myths
Updated: 2/16/2011 7:00:12 PM

Dentists can answer questions parents may have about child dental care People sometimes think they know better than their dentists, but misconception or myths about dental care can potentially cause serious damage to both the teeth and bodies of children.

Parents who may be second guessing the benefits of braces should know that straight teeth are not only important for their kid’s physical appearance. Crooked or crowded teeth can make flossing difficult for children and adolescents, which can ultimately lead to gum disease. In turn, gum disease can contribute to more serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

Some mothers may think they don’t have to worry about their child’s teeth until they are of teething age, but in fact, child dental care should begin before they are born. A baby’s teeth can begin forming by the second trimester of pregnancy. To ensure healthy tooth development, a mother should consume foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, whole grains and leafy greens.

Cavities and decay are cause for concern whether they are present in a child’s baby or adult teeth. It is important to protect baby teeth because, they act as space-savers for permanent teeth. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are three years old, according to the American Dental Association.

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