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If you’re curious to know why our dentists encourage your child to keep up with oral hygiene, then our dental team is happy to tell you why. Oral hygiene is very important, and brushing, flossing, rinsing and attending checkups can help your child’s teeth, gums and smile in more ways than you might realize. There are many reasons why your child needs to keep up on oral hygiene. Those reasons are:

-It can teach them how to care for their smile now and in the future. By cleaning their teeth and gums at an early age, they learn how to keep their smile in tip-top shape. They also learn that oral hygiene is important and necessary. This can help them make oral hygiene a priority as they get older.

-It can help them avoid dental issues. Unfortunately, your child’s smile is vulnerable to dental problems as soon as they are born. Brushing, flossing, rinsing and attending checkups can help eliminate the bacteria in the mouth that create tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues. This can keep your child’s smile healthy and strong.

-It can help them maintain healthy primary teeth. This might not seem necessary because primary teeth fall out eventually, but primary teeth are more important than you might realize. They help your child eat solid foods and help your child learn how to talk. They also reserve a space for the permanent teeth underneath.

Do you have any questions about oral hygiene in Athens, Texas, or would you like to schedule your child’s next dental appointment? If so, please contact our Dr. Jennifer Morgan and the Athens dental team at 903-675-0023 when you get the chance. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!