Reasons why it’s important to protect your children’s milk teeth.
Surprising research from Denplan* has revealed that almost a third (30%) of UK parents think it’s acceptable for a child to have experienced tooth decay before they have reached their teenage years. 1
It’s fair to say that no parent would ever wish for their child to experience tooth decay and most would probably feel that all-too-familiar sense of parental guilt when they find out their child has a cavity.
However, as tooth decay is almost entirely preventable in most cases, it was surprising to find during our research that so many parents accept it as a seemingly normal or inevitable part of childhood. It’s quite common for some parents to feel that primary teeth are less important than adult teeth because ‘they will fall out anyway’. While it’s true that milk teeth will fall out, here we look at some of the reasons why it’s just as important to protect your little ones’ pearly whites against tooth decay.
Positive dental experiences
If a child has painful toothache, they may associate this with a negative experience of dental care, even if they visit a dentist who is brilliant with children and who treats the tooth decay painlessly. Childhood trauma and pain could establish fears of dental care or treatment into their adulthood and lead to them avoiding visiting the dentist.