Mothers play a central role in their families’ well-being. They provide love and care. When it comes to dental care, mothers play an influential role in determining their child’s oral health. West Des Moine dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, reviews what we know about this influence.
The Mother’s Role in Dental Care
Several factors shape the role that mothers play in guiding and reinforcing good dental care for their children. Studies have shown that mothers who handle stress well tend to raise children with good oral health. The mother’s maternal instincts influence the child’s oral hygiene. A higher maternal factor means better hygiene for the child as well as more dentist visits and preventive dental treatments. When children have regular dental visits and oral hygiene routines in their lives, they experience fewer incidences of gum disease and tooth decay.
A mother’s knowledge of dental care and her own oral health affect the child’s oral health. If a mother is knowledgeable and applies good dental practices resulting in good oral health for herself, she is likely to raise a child in the same way. One study found that the children belonging to mothers who had a lot of untreated dental caries (tooth decay and cavities) had three times as many caries than the children with mothers who had none.
A mother’s influence on her child’s dental health begins during pregnancy. Mom’s good nutrition benefits her baby in many ways, including strong, healthy tooth development. Economically disadvantage mothers worry about how to pay for dental care. Some may avoid it rather than seeking assistance. The family may not have transportation to a dentist’s office. Affordable access to dental checkups and restorative dentistry, as well as awareness and education are needed for these families.
Make an Appointment with a Family Dentist
Family dentists and pediatric dentists provide services to children. In West Des Moines and surrounding communities, Valley Ridge Family Dental welcomes mothers, fathers and their children to our practice. If you need to make an appointment with our 50266 dentist office, call (515) 223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.