Why? First, healthy teeth and gums are essential for proper chewing and digestion. When a child's teeth are healthy,
they can eat a wide variety of foods, which is important for their overall nutrition and development.
Second, good oral hygiene habits established in childhood can lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. When
children brush their teeth twice a day, clean between their teeth daily, and use a mouth rinse, they remove harmful
bacteria from their mouths, which can cause bad breath, cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
But good oral hygiene isn’t just about preventing pain and infection. Poor oral health has been linked to other health
problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. When children take care of their teeth and
gums, they are helping to protect their overall health.
What can parents and caregivers do to support children's oral health? Establishing a good daily at-home oral hygiene
routine is essential. So is scheduling regular appointments with a dental hygienist. Dental hygienists are primary
health care professionals who make sure that children are using proper toothbrushing techniques, will remind them to
make healthy dietary choices, and may recommend treatments such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants to prevent
Working together, dental hygienists, parents, and caregivers can help children live healthy, happy lives. Let's all do
our part to support their oral health – it's an investment in their future well-being.