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Preventive dentistry it’s vital in order to maintain your oral health. Only with regular check-ups and good oral hygiene can patients avoid dental problems and expensive dentist visits.
Each patient’s mouth contains bacteria. While some bacteria are beneficial, others can cause damage to oral tissues. Cavities and gum disease develop when these harmful bacteria invade the surface of teeth and gums and accumulate to develop dental plaque. This plaque, aided by the sugars and starches you eat, creates an acid which destroys protective oral tissues. The acid also attacks your tooth enamel, which is their “bodyguard” against decay. When that protection disappears, your teeth are left vulnerable. In the same way, bacteria attack your gums, causing the inflammation that, left unchecked, leads to gum and periodontal disease.
No matter their age, every patient is vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your oral health beginning in early childhood, and continue to do so at every stage of your life.
Cavity Prevention For Children
Almost half of children under 11 years of age have been diagnosed with cavities in their baby teeth. And 32% of children between 9 and 11 years of age have decaye in their permanent teeth.
These figures aren’t intended to cause alarm among parents. Still, we want parents to reflect on the importance of preventive dentistry. Young children are particularly vulnerable to both cavities and gum disease. The diets of babies and young kids usually contain high-sugar fruit juices and formulas that contribute to the development of tooth decay and cavities.
Preventive dentistry appointments for young children helps the dentist identify dental problems on time to treat them, and help young patients avoid worse conditions that may require expensive future treatment.
Our team suggests that all parents bring their child in for an examination before they turn one year old. We also suggest scheduling regular check-up appointments thereafter.
These check-up visits will typically involve:
Prior to the first dental visit, parents can also help their child with the following:
Cavity Prevention For Teens
As children grow up and become teenagers, cavities can still be an issue. Therefore, the role of the parents continues to be essential. It remains important for parents to teach teens how to maintain proper dental hygiene, and teens build healthy habits. It’s also important for parents not to forget to bring their teen child in for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Our team will help your teen keep their smile healthy and looking bright.
Other tips for parents include:
Cavity Prevention for Adults
Helping your child keep their healthy smile is crucial. However, parents shouldn’t neglect their own oral health. Below, we list some tips that will help parents maintain a healthy, bright smile and prevent severe dental problems: