What is preventive dentistry and why is it important?

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Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child. Children with healthy mouths chew more easily and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat. They learn to speak more quickly and clearly. They have a better overall general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body. A healthy mouth is more attractive, giving children confidence in their appearance. Finally, preventive dentistry means less extensive and less expensive treatment for your child.

 When should preventive dentistry start?

Preventive dentistry begins with the first tooth. Visit our office at the eruption of the first tooth or by age one. You will learn how to care for your infant’s dental health. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping your child build a cavity-free smile.

 What role do parents play in prevention?

After evaluating your child’s dental health, our doctors will design a personalized program of home care for your child. This program will include brushing and flossing instructions, diet counseling, and if necessary, fluoride recommendations. By helping your child with these directions, you can help give your child a lifetime of healthy oral healthcare habits.

 How does our dentist help prevent dental problems?

An exam, cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatment are all part of your child’s prevention program. However, there is much more. For example, we can apply sealants to help protect your child from tooth decay, help you select a mouth guard to prevent sports injuries to the face and teeth, and provide early diagnosis and care of orthodontic problems. We are uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventive care to insure your child a happy smile.

Make your child an appointment today to begin their preventive program!

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