February 3, 2017
Yes, your child will lose his or her baby teeth and receive a new set of permanent ones, too. However, keeping those baby teeth healthy remains an important goal for parents and your children’s dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block. Learn what this experienced and widely-skilled dentist recommends as your best anti-cavity strategies.
You’ve Got to Keep Them Healthy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that a full 20 percent of American children have at least one untreated dental cavity. Neglected decay and gum disease lead to problems with speech, permanent tooth alignment, nutrition and even how well they do in school.
So, preventive dentistry–practiced both at home and at the dental office–remains the best way to keep young smiles bright and healthy. In his years of practice, your family dentist in Fremont has given young patients and their parents many practical tips to fight off tooth decay.
Tip #1 Brush twice a day, and floss once a day. This recommendation from the American Dental Association pays big dividends. Dr. Block tells parents to use a small smear of kids’ fluoride toothpaste and to supervise children until they have the dexterity to floss and brush correctly by themselves.
Tip #2 Get kids routine six-month check-ups at James Block Dentistry. Beginning when the first tooth erupts, or by age one at the latest, Dr. Block inspects young mouths for decay, gum disease and tooth/jaw development. The idea is to catch oral health problems while they are still small. Gentle hygienic cleanings remove plaque and tartar–the big contributors to decay and gum disease.
Tip #3 Get the kids simple fluoride treatments and plastic sealants. These preventive dental services strengthen young enamel and even reduce dental sensitivity.
Tip #4 Encourage nutritious foods. Parents, try to set a good example of eating low-fat meats and high-calcium dairy products while loving fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, avoid sugary soda pop and sports drinks–choices that cavity-causing oral bacteria absolutely love.
Tip #5 Hydrate. Kids, and adults, too, need plenty of fresh water daily. Water removes food residues from tooth surfaces and also increases saliva, nature’s own cavity preventive.
Tip #6 Kids should wear athletic mouth guards. They protect against obvious dental injuries–tooth avulsion and jaw fracture–but also cushion teeth to avoid small cracks, chips and teeth clenching. Over time, overuse injuries are entrees to tooth decay.
Learn All You Can
Rendering the best in pediatric dental care, Dr. Block and his friendly team are passionate about oral health for children. Patient teaching and parental involvement in comprehensive treatment plans produce beautiful young smiles that will last a lifetime. Contact James Block Dentistry today for an appointment.
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