Preventive Dentistry

Research indicates the importance of start­ing children early in their lives with good dental hygiene and oral care. The most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. is tooth decay. Early treatment prevents problems affecting a child’s health, well­being, self-image and overall achievement.

The National Institute of Dental & Craniofa­cial Research estimates that children will miss 52 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems.

By introducing proper oral care early in a child’s life, as early as infancy, parents can ensure that their children practice good dental hygiene. According to The American Dental Hygiene Association, this includes:

  • Thoroughly cleaning an infant’s gums after each feeding with an infant’s cloth, to stimulate gym tissue and remove food.
  • Gently brushing your baby’s erupted teeth with a baby toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Teaching your child from age 2 about proper brushing and later teaching them about gentle flossing.
  • Regular dental visits, with a child friendly dentist, to check for cavities in primary teeth and for possible developmental problems; Discussing fluoride supplements id township water isn’t fluoridated; Discussing sealants to protect your child’s teeth.