If you have young children, you may not think that they could end up needing a dental bridge or dental crowns in their youth. However, a number of parents have found themselves in this predicament. Perhaps if you take a moment to consider the circumstances that cause dentists to recommend these dental treatments, it would make more sense that your child could also be at risk.


Diet is a common reason that teens and older children need to have dental crowns. Poor diets often include sugar-laden and acidic foods, which can both wreak havoc on tooth enamel. If tooth decay occurs, dentists have to assess whether or not a crown can be used to preserve teeth. Damaged enamel does not necessarily mean that your child's teeth will decay. In fact, sometimes dental crowns are used to correct tooth sensitivity caused by compromised enamel. 


You might have been told by a dentist in the past that as your child gets older they can brush their own teeth. This is true, but it is important to ensure that your child knows the importance of proper brushing and flossing. Some teenagers may be more prone to skip doing these important oral hygiene regimens. They may do this due to busy schedules, rebellion, or lack of understanding the consequences. If your child does not brush and floss properly, bacteria can thrive and cause more than bad breath. The most serious consequences are tooth decay and gum disease. Severe tooth decay could result in your child not being a good fit for dental crowns. This means that they may have to have their teeth extracted at an early age and get a dental bridge. 


Perhaps you are thinking that it is not a "big deal" since there are ways to correct tooth decay. The issue is that sometimes when interventions such as dental bridges are utilized early in life, it requires dentists to install them around other developing teeth. In many cases, this can be done without any negative consequences, but as teeth get into their permanent positioning, your child may have to undergo cosmetic dentistry procedures to ensure a uniform appearance. These are things that can be avoided through the simple acts of better nutrition and good oral hygiene.

A dentist is a good resource to use if your child's oral health has already been compromised by poor oral hygiene and diet. They can advise you on how to protect your child's oral health going forward and correct existing issues.  For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.davidjacksondds.com.