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The Benefits of Preventive Care

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Preventive care saves you time and money by helping your child avoid dental issues altogether.

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These appointments empower your child to take control of their dental health.

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Our team will customize every visit to address your child’s unique needs and preferences.

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Routine preventive care keeps common dental health issues from developing.

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How Can I Care for My Children’s Teeth?

It is important to develop a strong at-home oral hygiene routine with your children. At-home prevention includes brushing and flossing twice a day. During your visit, our team can recommend specific strategies and oral health aids that will help you teach your children how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. 

Your child's diet plays a critical role in oral health as well. Acidic foods and drinks can accelerate deterioration of their teeth, and certain foods can enhance the health of the jawbone and gums. Our team believes in bringing your efforts and ours into balance for optimum health. A combination of at-home care and in-office prevention makes for an effective oral health routine. With a proactive approach, together we can prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants can be a helpful way to prevent the formation of cavities. This non-invasive procedure can usually be done during your child’s six-month cleaning and oral exam. During your child's visit, we will apply a thin, liquid resin to your child's adult molar teeth that will be hardened with a special UV light.

This sealant will form a protective barrier, which prevents bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the rear teeth directly. Dental sealants typically last about 3-5 years and can be reapplied as necessary, making them a good long-term preventive care method to help avoid the development of cavities.

How Do Fluoride Treatments Work?

Fluoride is the best way to treat the most minor stage of tooth decay, which is often called a “soft spot.” Soft spots occur when the enamel begins to weaken and break down, but a hole (cavity) in the enamel has not yet formed. 

Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize tooth enamel. By applying a fluoride-rich solution onto your child’s teeth, Dr. Brock can encourage the tooth to become stronger and reverse the damage done by minor cases of tooth decay, preventing a cavity from forming altogether.

Tips to Help Your Children Develop Proper Oral Hygiene Habits

  • Let them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste – Kids love feeling included in decision making. Giving them the opportunity to pick out a fun toothbrush that lets them express themselves will help get them excited about using it.
  • Supervise brushing – Parents should brush their children’s teeth until they have the motor skills to tie their own shoes, which usually happens around the age of 5-6. When children start brushing on their own teeth, it’s important to supervise them from time to time to ensure they are brushing for at least 2 minutes and using the proper amount of toothpaste.
  • Remember to floss – Brushing alone is not enough to remove food particles and plaque, and prevent gum disease and cavities. Floss your child’s teeth once per day. Most children have enough dexterity to start flossing on their own around the age of 10.
  • Schedule regular dental appointments – Seeing Dr. Brock every 6 months will help your child get used to the process of a teeth cleaning and oral exam. Routine appointments will also help them learn more about how to take care of their teeth properly.
  • Lead by example – Make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth, too! Brush properly and floss, and see the dentist regularly. Your children will be influenced by how you take care of your teeth, so be a great role model and set a good example for them to follow!

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