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Preventive Dentistry for Kids

It’s never too early to start teaching your children how to take care of their teeth. An important part of good oral health practices is going to the dentist at least every 6 months for a routine cleaning and check up. Here at Dentistry4Kids, we do the best we can to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy and clean. We have the most advanced technology and dental equipment, the latest procedures in dental healthcare, and a group of highly skilled dental experts who have had many years of experience in the field of dentistry.

Dr. Cynthia Jones and her team of dental professionals know how to take care of their patients, especially those who’ve yet to grow or lose all of their baby teeth. Our dental office has a warm and welcoming ambiance that’ll help your children to relax before and during the check-ups. Unlike other dental offices, Dentistry4Kids provides their younger patients with a very calming yet fun environment that helps children forget about their fears of dental checkups. We also show them that kids too can have a fun and soothing experience at the dentist.

A significant part to treating younger patients is teaching them how to properly take care of their teeth on a day to day basis. Preventive dentistry is one of the main focuses of  pediatric dentistry. It knows that instilling good and proper oral healthcare practices in younger patients will help them develop better oral healthcare habits as they grow up.     

What is Preventive Dentistry?

There’s one main goal that every pediatric dentist seeks to accomplish and that is to keep your teeth strong and healthy while keeping cavities and other teeth decays and damages out of your mouth. Preventive dentistry is just that; it’s aimed at preventing any of the following from developing on your teeth:

  • Tooth decays
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis, gum disease
  • Bacterial infections
  • Plaque build up
  • Etc.

In addition to cleaning people’s teeth, dentists will also emphasize to their young patients the importance of daily brushing and flossing and will proceed to teach them the right technique in doing so. After all, a toothbrush won’t be that effective in cleaning your teeth if you don’t know how to do it properly.

Other forms of preventive dentistry can include the use of fluorides during general cleaning and checkups or even at home with fluoride toothpaste or fluoride base mouth washes. Fluoride can help prevent the onset of tooth decay as well as any other premature teeth problems.

Also keep in mind safety measurements when playing contact sports; wearing safety gear such as goggles and mouth piece will protect your teeth and your face from oncoming and flying objects that have the potential of breaking your teeth.

The Many Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Establishing good oral healthcare habits in young children is not only beneficial to the health of their teeth but also to the overall health of their bodies. This is why many dental experts advise parents to begin taking their children to the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes out.

There are many other wonderful benefits that you and your family can enjoy when you take the necessary steps toward healthy teeth and gums. Some of them you may already know, while others may surprise you. The following are some benefits of preventive dentistry.

  • Children who have better oral hygiene and teeth are more confident and less likely to hide their beautiful smiles, no matter how toothless it may be.
  • Better oral health can lead to enhanced performance in schools, sports, or just overall productivity.
  • Kids are less likely to have crooked permanent teeth if they take care of their baby teeth better.
  • You’ll never have to worry about bad breath or be cautious of how your mouth smells as long as you take good care of your teeth and gums.
  • Doing what’s necessary now to keep your teeth strong and healthy can prevent you from having to go through costly procedures and treatments later on in life.
  • Good oral hygiene minimizes the onset of health problems such as heart disease and liver disease.
  • Encourages better eating habits which include tons of fresh fruits, veggies, and dairy products.
  • Statistics show that children who take better care of their teeth are less likely to become obese and make healthier diet choices.
  • The better you take care of your teeth, the longer you’ll have them and dentures won’t have to be a part of your future.

Parents’ Role in Preventive Dentistry

Parents also play a big role when it comes to preventive dentistry. There are a lot of things parents can do to encourage better oral healthcare from their children which can even start before the growth of baby teeth.

While some parents wait for the first tooth to pop up before they begin caring for their baby’s teeth and gums, others already start cleaning and massaging their baby’s gums with a soft cloth while there are still no visible signs of teeth growth. Gums are just as susceptible to bacteria and diseases as teeth and keeping them clean is good for the baby’s oral health.

Studies have shown that a person’s diet can have great effect on their oral healthcare and the growth and development of their teeth. Teaching your children how to choose healthier food options can be very beneficial to their health; oral as well as overall. Also snacks should just be limited to once during the day. Continuous consumption of food throughout the day, or constant snacking, creates more build up and plaque on the teeth’s surface.

Parents should establish a consistent brushing and flossing habit by reminding your children to do so at least twice a day or after major meals. The more they do it, the more it becomes a natural part of their daily routine.

Dentistry4Kids is located in Suwanee, Georgia and if you live near or around the area and are looking for good quality dental care for your children, then don’t hesitate to come on by and give us a visit. We can guarantee that your kids will always have a delightful experience every time they see us, leaving our office with nothing but a big healthy smile.

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1. Parents always welcomed in treatment area.
2. Timely Scheduling Availabilty, Minimal Wait time on appointment day
3. Family friendly atmosphere
4. Digital x-rays (90% less radiation),
5. Dye and BPA free alternatives
6. Payment Plans- Most Insurance Accepted
7. Early and Adult Orthodontics, Invisalign
8. Teeth Whitening
9. 32 yrs in dentistry; member of AAPD, ADA, SSPD, GDA, Gnathos

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