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If you’re raising a child, you want to do whatever you can to help your little one stay healthy and strong. Learning good habits can help your child stay healthy, but did you know that your child’s oral health can also affect the health of their body?

Poor dental hygiene can have a negative impact on anyone’s smile, regardless of age. Children are as vulnerable to tooth decay as adults are, although decay in children can have a different impact. If your child develops a cavity, they may experience pain and may not chew their food properly. This can make it difficult for your child to absorb enough of the nutrients they need, which can lead to weight loss. This is one reason it’s important for you to help your child brush and floss while they’re young. Typically, you’ll need to help children brush and floss until they’re able to tie their own shoes.

It’s also important to help your child follow a healthy diet. While your little one may love candy and soda, these foods may leave them more vulnerable to cavities. Helping your child follow a good diet can also help them get the nutrients they need. Furthermore, if you teach your child good practices while they’re young, they’ll be more likely to carry these practices into adulthood.

Do you have more questions about what habits could benefit your child’s teeth? Would you like to learn more about the care our team can offer your child? Are you simply hoping to set up a time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lopes? If so, we invite you to contact our team at Jeffrey Lopes DMD by calling us at 707-996-6704 as soon as possible. We’re eager to hear from you soon!