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Pediatric Dentistry Tips

Brushing and Flossing
Brushing should take place twice daily. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed. Floss! As permanent teeth come in, brushing alone is not enough to keep those teeth clean. Your child should master flossing by age ten, until then, it’s a good idea to supervise them.

Sealants
Most cavities in children occur in places that sealants could have protected. The AAPD states that, pit and fissure decay accounts for 80 to 90% of cavities in permanent teeth and 44% in baby teeth.

Dental sealants can help protect your child’s teeth and save money. Sealants form a protective barrier that helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay. Ask your dentist about sealants. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for more helpful tips and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Limited Snacking
If children have a poor diet, their teeth might not develop properly. Shop smart, save “fun foods” for special occasions. Stock your pantry with healthy choices like cheese, veggies, yogurt and peanut butter.

Regular Dental Visits
Visiting the dentist regularly helps children stay cavity free. Teeth cleanings remove plaque build-up on the teeth and should take place every six months.

Training cups
The transition to a training cup should start at your child’s first birthday.
Just like with a bottle, do not let your child constantly sip sugary liquids as this will promote tooth decay. Offer water in the training cup instead.
Remember that training cups are temporary. As soon as your child understands how to sip, the cup is no longer necessary.

A Child’s Self Esteem
The Dental Ark reminds parents that a healthy smile is important to a child’s self-esteem. A balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing every day and regular dental check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for more helpful tips and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Your Baby’s First Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your baby have their first dental visit when their first tooth comes in, or by their first birthday. Early care and prevention will protect your child’s smile today and tomorrow. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for more helpful tips and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Dental Check- Ups
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends dental check-ups every six months in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for more helpful tips and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Who Are Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for information on our pediatric dentists and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Preventing Child’s Tooth Decay
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat, fish & eggs. Limiting servings of sugary drinks, including juices, and sodas, and replacing them with water, will also aid in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. Visit us at www.dentalark.com for more helpful tips and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

Did you know that orthodontically corrected teeth are less prone to chipping and wear, are easier to clean, less likely to decay, and can increase confidence? Visit us at www.dentalark.com for information on our orthodontist and to schedule your child’s appointment today.

 

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