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The link between your oral healthcare and its effect on the rest of the body is information all should know, especially children who are just learning how to practice brushing and flossing. Here are just a few ways oral health care impacts the young.

Cavities affect people of all ages. However, children are affected much differently by cavities compared to adults. A child with a cavity may chew improperly to avoid pain. This will cause the food they improperly chewed to be poorly digested, robbing the child of nutrients and causing them to lose weight unhealthily. This is a case in point of why it’s important to help your child brush and floss to avoid having cavities. It’s typically a good idea to help them with this until they are at least old enough to tie their shoes.

It’s also important to help your child practice a healthy diet. Try to avoid too much sugar, like candy or soda, to help your child fend off cavities. This will also promote a healthy lifestyle and make sure your child gets the proper nutrients they need. By learning the importance of a proper diet at a young age, you are making sure they are more likely to carry on this practice in their adulthood.

If you’d like to learn more about pediatric dentistry, we at Copper Cove Pediatric Dentistry in South Jordan, Utah, are happy to answer any questions you may have. Dr. Troy Hardy looks forward to hearing from you.