When your child starts to teeth, you may find it difficult to stick to a brushing routine (and understandably so) as the teeth are too few, and due to how difficult it is to hold the baby down during the brushing. However, according to dentists, promoting healthy dental practices for kids should essentially start as soon as they get their first teeth. For one, healthy teeth make a good building block for a lifetime of good health and happiness. More specifically, it benefits you and your child in the following major ways:

It Provides The Groundwork for Good Oral Hygiene Practices During Adulthood 

As mentioned above, any kid’s dentist will tell you to start brushing your child’s mouth even before they get their first tooth. See, breast milk and formula (which are presumably your baby’s primary foods during their early days) contain some lactose sugars just like other normal foods. And even though these sugars are not as concentrated, they can still promote bacterial growth when left to accumulate on the gums. So, you need to regularly wipe your baby’s gums with a soft, warm cloth to get out stuck food particles. 

And when the milk teeth comes, throw a toothbrush and paste into the equation and ensure that the child brushes at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. Getting them used to doing this while still young means they will more likely be practicing even better oral hygiene routines when they get older. 

It Teaches Proper Dietary Habits Very Early On

You are probably aware that good dental health is as dependent on the diet as it is on regular brushing and flossing. Thus, it’s important to teach your kids to keep away from sugary foods and drinks, like sodas, candy and chocolate, and also actively help them do so by refusing to buy such things even when they beg and throw tantrums. 

Having your kid eat a mostly healthy diet will not only help to shape their lifelong dietary tastes and habits, but also reduce their chances of getting lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity. 

It Ensures the Future Adult Teeth are Healthy As Well

An old dentist’s phrase goes; good baby teeth, good adult teeth. In a nutshell, this means that if you take an active role in helping your kid take care of their baby teeth, their adult teeth will most probably be healthy as well. On the contrary, poor maintenance of baby teeth may lead to the development of structural and aesthetic problems such as cracks or dark spots, which will cause pain when eating and self-esteem issues when in public.

Reduces Your Future Dental Bills

Letting your child’s teeth go to waste will not only end up being painful for them, but also costly for you too down the line. For instance, not brushing on a regular basis can lead to plaque buildup, which causes cavities and contributes to the development of gum disease. Correcting these problems can cost you hundreds, or potentially thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the situation, yet you can avoid all that by following proper oral hygiene routine. Visiting your kid’s orthodontist or dentist at least twice a year will also help you save on costly emergency treatment as any developing complications will be detected and treated early.