Dental decay seems prevalent in children because their teeth have not fully developed lacking key nutrients and minerals possessed by adults. Your family dentist has several solutions and suggestions that can help keep the teeth of all family members in tiptop shape.
Children should experience their first visit with the family dentist at the age of twelve months. This usually involves a dental exam which is helpful to identify any problems with your child’s oral health; it is also a perfect opportunity to educate caregivers on the best ways to maintain great dental health for all your family.
Daily brushing – It is the responsibility of the parent to teach their child about brushing; and to oversee daily brushing until you are confident your child is brushing daily and correctly. Teeth brushing should be done at least twice daily using a fluoridated toothpaste (or age appropriate toothpaste); a soft bristle toothbrush; and for two minutes each time. An electronic toothbrush is an excellent tool (for children and adults) as a timer will signal when done. With the many popular characters that children love available, you can make toothbrushing fun for your child.
Daily flossing – Brushing is important, but food particles the toothbrush missed can be removed with daily flossing. There are a variety of types available; finding one your family likes will make it more likely they will use it.
Diet – Healthy fruits and vegetables, dairy, protein, and grains should comprise the daily diet. Sweet treats and beverages like soda should be limited to special occasions. Snacks like cookies, chips, ice cream, and sugary drinks increase the likelihood of plaque formation on teeth. Plaque build-up is a leading contributor to dental decay.
Preventative measures your family dentist can offer include fluoride treatments to strengthen dental enamel. Dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth not already impacted by decay. Sealants fill in the natural pits in teeth preventing bacteria from permeating through the protective enamel that can lead to cavity formation.
Dental check-ups are needed every six months … plaque that has formed since the last visit is removed; teeth are polished to look their best; x-rays are taken to diagnose decay or conditions like a tooth crack or gum disease; and a dental exam is performed.
The reward is great dental health for you and your family to last a lifetime. Contact us at Aesthetic Dental Partners to schedule an appointment.