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Basic dental care for your child

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM
Tooth decay can be prevented with good oral care. It is much simpler and more affordable to prevent tooth decay than to repair a decayed tooth.  Daily cleanings, healthy eating habits, and the right amount of decay-fighting fluoride can help your child's teeth.
 
 
Prevent Cavities
 
Cavities are caused by tooth decay, a disease that damages and breaks down teeth.  Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain, loss of teeth and loss of confidence.  Children with tooth pain cannot eat or sleep properly and may miss days of school.  Even worse, an abscess (pus-filled sac) from a cavity can cause serious or even life-threatening infections when left untreated.
 
Cleaning your Child's Teeth
 
Teeth should be brushed twice a day and flossed once a day to remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that builds up on teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinses can make tooth enamel more resistant to the acid that causes tooth decay and also helps repair areas where the acid attacks have already begun.
 
Healthy balanced diet
 
For good dental and overall health, be sure your child eats a balanced diet with foods from the major food groups.  Avoid cookies, candy and other sticky sweet foods as snacks.  Encourage healthy choices like carrots, crackers and water instead.
 
Dental visits
 
Professional dental services, such as regular cleanings, fluoride treatments and the application of sealants that prevent tooth decay, can save money and reduce the need for further dental treatment. Talk to your dentist about your child's dental needs and at what age they should start scheduling visits.
 
 

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