How can cavities be prevented?



Visiting your dentist every 6 months to have a dental exam, have debris removed, and a fluoride treatment applied.  Dental hygiene is very important! Simply removing bacteria daily will significantly bring your decay risk factors down.  Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Use fluoride toothpaste around the age of 4 years old, when your child is able to spit toothpaste without swallowing it.  Fluoride make childs teeth less disolvable in acid.  Beware of frequent snacking.   Also, assure proper fluoride through drinking water (city water contains fluoride, while well water does not).  You may want to start a reward chart/sticker chart to make caring for your teeth a postitive reinforcement.  If you are already brushing twice a day and flossing but still have a high decay rate, you may want to add a fluoride rinse once per day.      

 

Why do baby teeth need fillings?  



The average child doesn't loose all their baby teeth untill 10 to 12 years old.  The baby teeth are important space maintainers for the permanent teeth, so we need to keep the baby teeth healthy untill the permanent teeth errupt.  A cavity (infection) in a baby tooth will contiue to grow untill it is treated and it can be painfull.  It is important to remove the decay present in a child mouth in order to prevent the spread of more disease (tooth decay).  Also, it is important to maintain a healthy environment for the permanent teeth to develop.   


This fall, Dakota Children's Dentistry staff volunteered with Christina's Smile.  Christina's Smile Children's Dental Clinic is a non-profit organization that works in cooperation with the PGA Tour and Champions Tour to deliver comprehensive dental care to children in need. Poor dental health affects the lives of millions of children from low-income families and can cause pain and discomfort, infection, speaking and eating problems and low self-esteem.  We are very passionate about the work Christina's Smile's does, and volunteer our services every year.  We really enjoy working with the kids and supporting a wonderful cause.

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