Did you know that at the top of the list of the most common childhood illnesses are pediatric dental diseases, including cavities and tooth decay? The consequences of ignoring these problems are worse than you probably think.

Kids do not really understand the importance of dental health and how it affects their overall wellbeing. That's why the responsibility of making sure their oral health is good falls into the hands of the parents. Remember that poor oral hygiene can have an impact not only on their health but also their self-esteem.

That is not all. If left untreated, tooth decay in children can lead to eating, speaking, and even learning problems. It can also result in a bacterial infection that is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and more.

A child who has dental health problems is at risk of developing oral health problems as an adult as well. If the tissue around a tooth gets infected, it can result in an abscess which has an effect on permanent teeth. This may also cause adult teeth to grow misaligned and be more susceptible to cavities. It can also result in gum disease.

See, dental health problems during early childhood can get amplified and can result in other issues like ear infections.

One important thing that you should remember, however, is that tooth decay can be prevented. Here are some things that you can do:

* Keep your infant's bottle nipple or pacifier clean. Bacteria love these things and they can cause problems inside your child's mouth.
* If your child is too young to brush, keep his or her mouth clean using a soft cloth to wipe the gums and teeth.
* Avoid serving your child with sugary snacks and beverages. Encourage him or her to eat veggies and drink water instead of juices and soda.
* Once your child is old enough, have him or her set dental goals. Be ready to give your little one small rewards when those goals are met.
* Make sure your child sees you brush and floss twice a day Kids are more likely to do things they see their parents do.
* Don't forget to bring your child to the dentist at least twice a year.

Kids never think about their dental health. As a parent, it is your duty to think and be worried about it. What you should do is teach your child from a very early age to have good dental habits - starting from the appearance of his or her first tooth and continuing until he or she is an adult as well. However, you don't have to be alone in this undertaking. Take your child for a dental consultation at Preston Dental and we'll be happy to be your partner in making sure your child has strong and healthy teeth.