Dental Health for Your Children

Parents have a lot to consider when it comes to dental care and oral hygiene for their children. After all, dental health is a large part of keeping your children healthy. Tooth problems can be very uncomfortable and painful, and can lead to issues like gum disease, bad breath, and many other negative effects. Most importantly, as a parent, you should first consider where and how to find a suitable dentist for your child. You will then want to consider factors such as when to start taking your child for dental visits, and how to avoid potentially unhealthy or toxic dental care products and treatments.

As far as when to take your child to the dentist, there are a number of varying opinions on this subject. The best way to go about choosing a time may simply be to talk to a dentist when your child is very young, and get a recommendation as far as when to bring the child in, and when to start regular visits. Some experts suggest that you should take your children to the dentist around the time when they get their first baby teeth. Others, however, say that it is ok to wait until age three or four to take your child to the dentist.

A main concern when it comes to children’s dental health is that common practices and products in dentistry are toxic. The most common filling material is amalgam or silver, which is 50% mercury. There are alternative fillings made of composite materials that are safer. There are also health concerns with fluoride. If you are concerned about toxicity of dental procedures and treatments, you can ask the dentists if they provide mercury-free fillings or use fluoride-free materials.

See these links for more information about amalgam fillings and fluoride:

Amalgam (mercury) Fillings: