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Children Dentistry

 

At What Age Are My Children Supposed To See A Dentist?

The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. Some children require a bit more time to be comfortable. If an area of concern is noticed, then the child should see a dentist as soon as possible.

 

When Does Thumb-Sucking Become Damaging To The Teeth?

Generally, if the child has stopped sucking his/her thumb by age 5 there is no permanent damage. If the child is a vigorous and constant thumbsucker, however, there can be moderate to severe movement of teeth and prevention of normal bone growth.

What Guidelines Will Help Children Remain Cavity Free?

 

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises:

• Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
• Floss children's teeth once a day.
• Visit your pediatric or general dentist regularly.
• Get enough fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products and, when
   indicated, through fluoride supplements.
• Have sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth
  or molars soon after they come in.
• Snack moderately – no more than twice a day.

  

How Important is a Child’s Diet in the Prevention of Cavities?

 

Though a balanced diet is certainly important in preventing cavities, experts agree that cavities are not only the result of what children eat, but also how often they eat. Frequent snacking without brushing leaves food on the teeth longer and fosters tooth decay.


What are Dental Sealants and Who Benefits from Them?

 

The chewing surface of children’s teeth are the most susceptible to cavities and least benefited from fluorides. Sealants are adhesive coatings that are applied to the tops of teeth and can be highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Studies show that 4 out of 5 cavities in children under age 15 develop on the biting surface of back molars. Molars commonly decay because plaque accumulates in the tiny grooves of the chewing surfaces. Sealants prevent the cavities that fluoride cannot effectively reach. As a preventive mechanism, sealants are an important part of a cavity-free generation.