Durham Dentist Explains How to Protect Your Kids’ Teeth
Did you know that cavities are the most common chronic issue among school-aged children in America? Although many people might not consider cavities a disease, per se, the tooth decay that causes it can progressively destroy your children’s teeth if allowed to run rampant. Even if a cavity affects a baby tooth, or milk tooth, the infection can spread to the permanent tooth developing underneath it. Luckily, tooth decay, like most dental issues, is preventable with proper care and maintenance. To preserve the present and future health of your child’s smile, your Durham children’s dentist, Dr. Clark, explains how you can help your child learn how the tenets of good dental hygiene.
Lead by Example
Daily hygiene, such as brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, is essential to controlling the bacterial plaque that leads to tooth decay and cavities, and teaching your child to adhere to this routine is most effective when you lead by example. Teach your children to brush and floss every day by doing so yourself, and by including them in your routine so they can see and learn firsthand. You can make brushing and flossing more fun by having your child brush their teeth before watching a favorite evening program (but after dinner), or before reading from his/her favorite book before bedtime.
Professional Dental Care for Children
Regular professional dental care is as important for your childrens’ dental health as it is for yours. Once your child reaches one year old, you should bring him/her with you to your dental checkup (you don’t even have to schedule a separate appointment for this first visit). Regular visits should continue as often as recommended, and if early signs of disease or other trouble are detected, Dr. Clark can prescribe an appropriate course of treatment to help prevent the need for more extensive treatment later.