Happy Halloween to Mothers and their Children from Knoxville Dentist

Most American children will be out trick-or-treating in full force this evening. Just as they finish that last piece of candy in a month or so, the baked goods of Thanksgiving, and the decadent cookies and treats of Christmas will be overflowing. This time of year is a virtual landmine for children’s dental health. Sugar is lurking in every…

Most American children will be out trick-or-treating in full force this evening. Just as they finish that last piece of candy in a month or so, the baked goods of Thanksgiving, and the decadent cookies and treats of Christmas will be overflowing. This time of year is a virtual landmine for children’s dental health. Sugar is lurking in every corner, and the germs that turn sugar into acid inside your mouth are jumping for joy. This is a good time of year for you to make sure that you keep children up to date with their preventive dental care by visiting your Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach.

A Mother’s Role

Stereotypes are made to be broken, but it often falls upon the mother of a family to ensure good dental hygiene. Guiding and reinforcing good dental care is imperative for every parent, regardless of gender. Research shows that mothers who are better able to deal with stress raise children with better oral health. Why? It turns out a mother’s maternal instincts actually influence their child’s drive to take care of their teeth. The more maternal someone is, the more likely they are to put their child’s preventive dental visits as a priority, in addition to enforcing their twice-daily teeth brushing and flossing. Kids with very involved moms will naturally have fewer incidences of gum disease and tooth decay.

Off to a Good Start

Mom’s knowledge of dental care and the way that she cares for her own oral health will affect her child’s dental future. A mom who is knowledgeable about dental care and models these practices for her children will affect them more than she may even realize. One study uncovered that children with moms that had untreated cavities were three times as likely to have cavities themselves. The influence is even seen before the baby is born. A mother with good nutrition in pregnancy will help her child to have strong, healthy tooth development later on.

Visit your Knoxville Dentist

Are you concerned with your child’s dental health? Are you overdue for a biannual dental checkup?  Visit your Knoxville dentist. You can reach us by calling our 37919 dentist office  at 865-329-7815. We welcome patients from Knoxville and the greater metropolitan area.