Good oral hygiene needs to begin even before a child’s first tooth emerges. Without it, children could develop tooth decay as soon as their teeth erupt. On the other hand, it could mean natural teeth that last 100 years for those who start following the recommendations of their dentists or dental hygienists from an early age.
Poor oral health can lead to bad breath, cavities, and gingivitis, gum inflammation accompanied by redness, swelling and frequent bleeding. It could also lead to periodontal disease, infections resulting in inflammation and destruction of the soft tissues and bone that supports the teeth.
Baby teeth help children learn to speak clearly, chew naturally and hold the place for permanent teeth until they are ready to erupt. Below are questions and answers about oral hygiene habits that will give children a good start to a lifetime of healthy smiles