Specialists in pediatric dentistry insist on the importance of both parents and health professionals being well informed about the oral health of children. And it is that perhaps we are not aware that By examining children's mouths, we can know what the health of our children is like.
It is said that the smile is the reflection of the soul and psychoneurodontology tells us that dental problems can be associated with emotional situations, for example, a well aligned tooth that goes into a bad position, can be a reflection of an emotional bad streak and vice versa .
Just as they can be reflected on the skin, hair, stomach or any other part of the body, stress, suffering or insecurity can stimulate the creation of cavities, bruxism, breakage or loss of teeth, which is why the teeth also It can be a reflection of the mood of your children.
We always hear about candy as the only evil in the story, the one that causes cavities, but it turns out that candy is not the only monster that attacks the teeth, we must monitor all the food we provide to children, since a diet high in Carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels and this decreases an important function of saliva: fighting bacteria that cause problems in the mouth.
We then see that dental problems are multifactorial and, furthermore, cavities are not the only disease that we can detect through the mouth. What other things does our mouths tell us about the health of our children?
1. Presenting red or bleeding gums is an indicator of inflammation in them, but other areas of the body may also be inflamed, since the bacteria that infect and inflame the gums pass into the blood vessels and are transported throughout the body. Studies have revealed the presence of these bacteria in organs such as the heart and brain, so in addition to taking care of their hygiene, brushing their teeth and visiting the dentist, you should indicate this situation in the pediatric consultation.
2. On the contrary, if your gums are very pale and, you even notice them even white, we may be in the presence of an insufficient production of red blood cells, which we must attack to avoid anemic states of greater relevance.
3. If you notice that the edges of your teeth are flat, watch your child's sleep, possibly clenching and grinding his teeth at night, which is wearing down the enamel and can lead to pain in the teeth. This pathology is known by the name of bruxism and is also associated with stress and sleep disorders, for which it should be evaluated by the specialist.
4. If you observe opening between your teeth, you may put pressure on them with your tongue due to allergies, congestion, or some other nasal abnormality that forces you to breathe through your mouth while you sleep.
5. It is important pay attention to the smell in your child's mouth. If, despite good dental hygiene, you notice bad breath, you may be presenting some irregularity in the functioning of your gastrointestinal, endocrine or immune system. Faced with this situation, you should go to the pediatrician, who will recommend the required tests to rule out any pathology.
For all this, you must be very aware of your child's oral health and start hygiene habits even before the first dental eruption. Here are seven simple steps you can start taking now:
- Cleaning your gums with a damp gauze or cloth to remove any harmful bacteria.
- Start brushing with an infant toothbrush, from the start of their first teeth.
- If the child is older, get him used to brushing his teeth after every meal (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner).
- Acquire a toothbrush with a small head and very soft bristles, to make the whole process easier.
- Use fluoride-free toothpaste (at least up to six years).
- Do this activity with him. Remember that parents are the best example and the mirror where they look at themselves.
- Make visits to the pediatric dentist to receive the proper guidance.
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