Tips for chil­dren’s den­tal health

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Source: Staff re­port

Take care of those baby teeth, den­tists say. A child’s diet, health, lan­guage skills and abil­ity to con­cen­trate in school all de­pend on their teeth be­fore they’re re­placed by the adult ver­sions.

Limit soda, sports drinks and other sug­ary bev­er­ages, and drink them at a meal in­stead of over sev­eral hours. A con­tin­ual sup­ply of su­gar is per­fect for the bac­te­ria in the mouth that can grad­u­ally dis­solve tooth enamel if unchecked. Dr. Bob Ma­son, a re­tired Fort Smith den­tist, urged par­ents who give in­fants and tod­dlers bot­tles be­fore bed to stick with wa­ter.

Take chil­dren to their first den­tist visit by 1 year of age or within 6 months of the first tooth’s ap­pear­ance, which­ever’s first.

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