Caring for one’s teeth is as good as caring for the body. Neglecting the teeth can only lead to severe damage which often is accompanied by excruciating pain. This is even more so in the case of babies and children, as they often neglect their teeth. Some parents unknowingly believe that since the child’s “baby teeth” will eventually fall off to rise to the permanent teeth, it is not a concerning cause if the child does not brush his teeth.
This is not true. From a tender age itself, it is necessary that children start developing recommended oral care hygiene. Parents play a vital role here as they are the ones to guide their children towards caring for their teeth. Some benefits of brushing their teeth for children are:
Pediatric Tooth Brushing Importance
Removal Of Plaque
Regular brushing of teeth ensures that there is regular removal of plaque and food particles from the mouth and teeth. Brushing the teeth for about 2 minutes will ensure that the teeth enamel is free of plaque.
This will also make sure that there is reduced probability of gum pain, cavity formation and tooth decay. Brushing can start as soon as the child starts teething, though under adult supervision as they lack the knowledge and ability to brush appropriately.
Prevention Of Gingivitis And Bad Breath
Brushing a child’s teeth especially after a meal ensures the removal of bacteria. Children are prone to eat sweet things, especially candies and chocolates, which have high quantity of sugar/glucose in them. Micro-organisms like bacteria are known to break down into acids that are prone to attack the enamel, causing its eventual decay.
It also causes a gum disease called ‘gingivitis’ which causes swelling and bleeding of gums. This accumulation of bacteria on the gums will in turn lead to bad breath. A fluoride based toothpaste will not only remove bacteria but also help in mouth freshness.
Prevention Of Periodontitis
If not attended to, the gingivitis caused by bacteria will gradually spread and the alveolar bone around the teeth will be lost. This will gradually lead to a mouth disease called periodontitis.
Not only will it compel one to pull out the tooth, but it is so painful and sensitive that once cannot eat anything cold, hot or sugary. Though not seen rampantly in children however, regular brushing helps in its prevention as it becomes a habit with the child.
Removal Of Caries
The enamel of the 20 primary teeth of children, which erupt later on to form the 32 permanent teeth, is less densely mineralized and hence more prone to caries. A proper regime for dental care will ensure healthy permanent teeth. In fact, if caries are developed in the primary teeth, it is most likely that it will surface in the permanent tooth too.
In fact, during the period of eruption, the shedding of the crown of the primary teeth takes place. During eruption, the enamel is still porous and not mineralized sufficiently. Regular brushing of the tooth prevents the formation of caries.
Brushing the teeth is not simply important for prevention of teeth decay, but also for the setting of the teeth. In children the primary teeth have multiple functions.
They help to chew food and hence in digestion, to talk and pronouncing words and also in the alignment of permanent teeth. So it is all the more important for them to be taken care of at its nascent stage.