Knoxville Dentist Urges Moms to Get Kids to the Dentist

When you think of your mom, no matter what your age, you probably have fond memories of special recipes that only she seems to know how to cook. Maybe you still find yourself calling her when you’re sick, or hurt, because even as an adult, her voice soothes and calms you. You probably don’t connect your mom to brushing your teeth, and…

When you think of your mom, no matter what your age, you probably have fond memories of special recipes that only she seems to know how to cook. Maybe you still find yourself calling her when you’re sick, or hurt, because even as an adult, her voice soothes and calms you. You probably don’t connect your mom to brushing your teeth, and flossing, and taking you to the dentist. While these may not be your fondest memories of mom, you’d be surprised how much your maternal figure’s efforts had to do with your life-long dental health. Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, explains a British study that uncovers the importance of a mother’s knowledge in instilling good oral hygiene practices in their offspring.

Maternal Instincts Lead to Healthy Teeth

The long-term research study was published in the Journal of Dental Research. Dental records of 224 teenagers were examined. Mothers of participating teens were asked to fill out questionnaires. One of the focuses was seeing how the ability to handle stress affected children’s oral health. Mothers with stronger maternal instincts, particularly in the toddler years of their children, tended to follow through more with pushing oral hygiene and taking their children to regular dental checkups.

Moms Lead by Example with Good Oral Hygiene

Looking after a baby’s oral health can actually start in pregnancy. Oral-systemic healthis the concept that oral health can affect overall health. Many conditions have been linked to tooth decay and gum disease, including premature birth. A mother that doesn’t take care of her gums and teeth is going to be less likely to offer a good example for their children. Mothers do need to know how important their influence is on imparting the skills of dental self-care on their young ones. Without consistent maintenance, a child’s teeth are susceptible to cavities, gum disease, and poor general development.

Dental Checkups for the Whole Family in Knoxville

We cater to patients of all ages. If anyone in your family, is due for a dental checkup, contact Dr. Erpenbach. To schedule an appointment, you can call our 37919 dentist office at 865-329-7815. We are happy to serve patients in West Knoxville, the Bearden area, and surrounding neighborhoods.