The Truth Behind Four Common Myths About Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

The Truth Behind Four Common Myths About Caring for Your Child's Teeth

When it comes to baby teeth and caring for children’s teeth as they grow and develop, there are a lot of misconceptions that are commonly construed as the truth. The following are some of the most common myths about pediatric dental care and the real truths behind them.

The Truth Behind Four Common Myths About Caring for Your Child's Teeth


1. Baby Teeth Aren't Important

Since baby teeth eventually fall out, many people believe that taking care of them isn’t important. This belief, however, is false. Yes, baby teeth eventually are lost, but the last ones usually don’t come out until a child is between the ages of 10 and 12. Failing to take good care of a child’s baby teeth can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, and these all have the potential to be painful and harm a child’s overall health.

2. Candy Is the Top Cause of Tooth Decay and Cavities

Sugar in candy can play a role in tooth decay, but it’s not the only cause. Any source of carbohydrates and/or acid can fuel the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

3. Your Child Can Brush Their Own Teeth

It’s good for children to learn to brush their own teeth, but parents still need to monitor their brushing to make sure they brush long enough, use proper techniques, and get all of the nooks and crannies.

4. Children Don't Need to Visit the Dentist Until They Are School-Aged

Pediatric dental care is about monitoring a child’s development and administering preventative dental treatments. Children should have their first dental exam by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts – whichever occurs first.


Dental Care for Children and Guidance for Parents at Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry

At Kenmore Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Stewart is proud to provide comprehensive dental care to children of all ages – from infancy to young adulthood – in addition to guidance for parents regarding pediatric dental care, pediatric preventative dentistry, and at-home oral hygiene for their children. Dr. Stewart strives to make every child’s experience in the dental office positive while helping parents and caregivers to provide their children with a strong foundation for good oral health for life.

To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our pediatric dental office in Kenmore today.