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Consequences of Childhood Dental Problems

Consequences of Childhood Dental Problems copyBaby teeth, as primary teeth are often called, are the first set of teeth a person will have. They often begin to erupt around six months of age and will later fall out to make room for adult teeth. Because the teeth are eventually lost, many people discount their importance.

Unfortunately, problems with baby teeth may ultimately lead to more extensive dental health problems with the adult teeth. Nearly 20 percent of adults avoid certain foods, including lean meats and vegetables due to dental health problems, due to dental problems, and instead they fill up on foods that are easy to chew, which are also frequently highly processed and more likely to contribute to high body fat, obesity, cardiovascular problems, and type 2 diabetes.

A research team from Queensland is currently trying to determine the full extent of the risks associated with dental problems in primary teeth. Children born prematurely are at the highest risk of suffering from dental problems as children and later in life. The study is designed to focus on children at higher risk of dental problems and who have decay, misaligned teeth, and similar problems.

While you may not be able to prevent all dental problems in children, you can help your child establish good dental habits early in life, which can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of better dental health. Encourage good brushing and flossing habits right from the start, limit your child’s intake of sugary drinks and processed foods, and bring your child to our Northridge dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings starting no later than one year of age if possible. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.

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