Remember tooth decay is a bacterial
disease....brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist can help
prevent the spread of this disease.
The biggest change in
oral health in the past 50 years for children is that overall fewer children
can parents help their children develop good oral health habits for a lifetime?
is by starting dental visits at an early age.
The American Dental Association recommends parents take their children to
visit their dentist by their childís first birthday.
The reason for this is:
During this first
visit we can check for cavities and other possible problems. We
can also teach you how to properly clean your childís
teeth. Furthermore this is a good
time to develop a good relationship between your child and Dr. Peterson BEFORE
dental problems occur.
to A.D.A.ís teaching fifty years ago to brush your childís teeth after every
meal, today the A.D.A. recommendation is to brush twice a day and floss
your child's teeth start to appear, you can begin to massage the emerging teeth
and gums with your finger or with a warm, wet washcloth.
Parents should start flossing their childrenís teeth as soon as any two
teeth touch because this is an area where a toothbrush canít reach.
You would not let your child only wash two thirds of their body and leave
the other one third dirty. Yet this
happens daily when children only brush their teeth and not floss. One third of their teeth or the equivalency of six of their
teeth are left dirty every day. Parents
can be an active part of this process to act as good dental role models.
permanent teeth come in sealants need to be applied to molars, where
often occurs. Dental sealants are a
clear material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to act as
barriers to protect these teeth from bacterial and acid attack which destroy
tooth enamel resulting in tooth decay.
is one of the most effective agents for preventing tooth decay.
Children who do not drink fluorinated water need to see their dentist to
have him identify their fluoride needs. The
reason for this is that children who drink water containing fluoride on an
average have up to fifty percent fewer cavities.
We can provide fluoride supplements for your children along
with fluoride treatments at their appointment.
These dental check ups need to accord twice a year to not only have their
fluoride needs evaluated but to also check their teeth for decay and alignment
to make sure their new teeth come in properly.
some cavities are detected soon enough a new technique called Air Abrasion can
be used to remove this decay without the need for local anesthesia (shots).
However some dental procedures still require your dentist to administer
anesthesia to control your childís pain or anxiety.
Millions of children are treated safely each day in dental offices that
safely provide sedation to children to make their visits as safe and
as possible. If you donít
understand our recommendations for your childís oral health
treatment, do not be afraid to ask for more information, you are your childís
your child is involved in sports please talk to us about a protective mouth
guard that can help prevent tooth loss, trauma to jaw joints and
injured gum tissue.
positive dental attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in
helping your child maintain good oral health throughout life.
primary teeth predict future decay
tooth decay in their primary dentition are nearly three times more likely
to have decay in their permanent teeth, according to an eight-year
study . In the study of 362 children aged 3 to 5 years old, 85
percent who had caries on their primary molars showed at least one decayed
permanent tooth in a follow-up examination . In contrast, 83 percent of
the children who exhibited no caries in their primary teeth remained
decay-free until at least age 12. The authors of the study suggest
that children with caries in their primary dentition should be
considered as high risk cases for decay in permanent teeth, increasing
the importance of dental sealants and fluoride
treatments for decay prevention. This recommendation is consistent with a
recent recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention calling for broader community efforts to reduce tooth decay by
extending water fluoridation and dental sealants to more children and
adults (Today's News Aug. 29, CDC recommends
expanding water fluoridation, dental sealant use). The results of the
Chinese study are published the August issue of the Journal of Dental
September 14, 2007