Children's Dentistry Clemmons NC - Oral Hygiene Care - Pediatric Dental Care - Kids Dentist North Carolina
What Guidelines Will Help Children
Remain Cavity Free?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises:
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
- Floss children's teeth once a day.
- Visit your pediatric or general dentist regularly.
- Get enough fluoride through drinking water, fluoride
products and, when
indicated, through fluoride supplements.
- Have sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of
permanent back teeth
or molars soon after they come in.
- Snack moderately - no more than twice a day.
How Important is a Child's Diet in
Prevention of Cavities?
Though a balanced diet is certainly important in
preventing cavities, experts agree that cavities are not
only the result of what children eat, but also how often
they eat. Frequent snacking without brushing leaves food
on the teeth longer and fosters tooth decay.
What are Dental Sealants and Who
Benefits from Them?
The chewing surface of children's teeth are the most
susceptible to cavities and least benefited from
fluorides. Sealants are adhesive coatings that are
applied to the tops of teeth and can be highly effective
in preventing tooth decay. Studies show that 4 out of 5
cavities in children under age 15 develop on the biting
surface of back molars. Molars commonly decay because
plaque accumulates in the tiny grooves of the chewing
surfaces. Sealants prevent the cavities that fluoride
cannot effectively reach. As a preventive mechanism,
sealants are an important part of a cavity-free
are Baby Teeth so Important?
Don't They Fall Out?
Primary teeth have been labeled 'baby teeth'. However,
the first tooth usually isn't lost until 6 years of age,
and some primary molars must function until 12 or 13
years of age before they are replaced. Primary teeth are
necessary for proper chewing, proper speech, the proper
development of the jaws, and esthetics. Care of the
primary teeth is important not only for proper function,
but also to avoid a number of unpleasant conditions that
result from their neglect.
Tips for Helping Children Develop
Positive Dental Habits
- Start by setting an example.
- Make oral health a family effort.
- Show children that daily brushing and flossing,
and a regular dental checkup schedule are all part of a good
dental hygiene program.
- Praise their efforts and their newfound independence
are able to brush and floss on their own.
Do You Allow Patients to Accompany
Their Children to the Treatment Area?
As the parent you are welcome to accompany your child
into the treatment area during the initial exam.
However, to better establish trust with your child, we
like to bring the children back by themselves. Expect
your child to do well and enjoy their visit to our
office and chances are they will do just that!