The mouth is home to many species of bacteria, which if not controlled, can gain access to the bloodstream through the teeth and gums. This can cause many conditions and lead to inflammation. Dentistry has been shown to be correlated with or related to a lot of primary care conditions involving diabetes, heart disease, and more. Additionally, because cells replace themselves very quickly in the mouth (like your hair grows), various health conditions can be identified early in the mouth (some nutrient or immune deficiencies, for example). Any medications your child is taking may also affect the mouth and/or cause dryness. It is important to refer to your dentist with any questions.
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- Are electric or sonic toothbrushes safe for kids?
- Can my child use quip if they have adult and baby teeth?
- When should a kid start using an electric vs. manual?
- Does breastfeeding or formula feeding make a difference?
- Should I supervise my kid when they brush?
- How do other health issues affect children's’ oral health?
- When should my kid start flossing or using mouthwash?
- How can I keep my kid from getting cavities?
- At what age do children need to get an adult brush?
- What should kids be eating for better oral health (diet)?